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Tragedies in the Media

How to talk to Your Children about Tragedies in the Media

 

First and foremost, please do your best to protect your children from news they are not mature enough to handle.  You as a parent are the best judge of what your child can or cannot handle.

Children, teens, and even adults can experience high anxiety, worry and fear regarding things they experience via the media.  It is important to be careful about what your children are exposed to on television and other new sources.  It is also important to limit your child’s screen time.

When experiencing tragedy in the media children may worry that the event could happen to them or someone they love, the could be separated from someone they love, that they could be left alone or that they or a love one are not safe. 

Depending on your child’s age and maturity she or she may perceive events differently than older children or adults.  Do not overcomplicate your explanation and do not include unnecessary details.  Older children can handle more details, but consider your child’s maturity and anxiety levels.

When speaking to your child always be truthful.  Children need to understand what is happening to help them feel secure.  Acknowledge your child’s feelings.  Help your child to share and process his or her feelings.

Encourage your child to ask questions.  It is important that your child feel that she or he can approach you when they have a need.  Remind them that they can always ask questions.

When you are taking to your child make sure they feel safe in their various environments.  Hug, provide affection and make sure your children feel comfortable and supported.  Watch for behavioral changes.  Kids who are behaving differently, such as not sleeping, or resisting usual activities may be experiencing more stress. 

If you have any questions or feel that your child is in need of professional support please feel free to contact us at 651-636-4155.

 

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