How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Scary News?

Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut and the media coverage of that incident will likely remind parents that sometimes kids are exposed to violent and tragic news.

This weekend, many dinner table conversations around the United States will likely be dominated by the .

But what if the ones asking questions about the violence are the people at the table whose feet barely reach the floor, and who will be off at an elementary school of their own come Monday morning?

The world is a complex place, but parents can take measures to reassure kids who have questions about violent or scary events in the news.

Parents should start by finding out what their kids know and ask questions to gauge their feelings about the news, according to PBS and Parenting Magazine.

Both publications also suggest parents should keep their discussions about scary news simple.

"Give children the information they need to know in a way that makes sense to them," PBS writes on its parenting site. "At times, a few sentences are enough."

Parents should also offer reassurance and use scary news as an experience to teach, PBS and Parenting Magazine report.

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What do you think? If you have young kids, how do you handle the topic of tragic, violent or scary news? Share your strategies in the comments section below. 

Dorothy Wellington December 16, 2012 at 06:00 PM
If it helps anyone to know, the moment the first bullet hit these babies and staff, in a twinkling of an eye they were in Heaven and have no memory of this horrific murders that happen to them.
Vito Spago December 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I told my kids that the shooting was caused by Obama and the liberals.
alan haskvitz December 17, 2012 at 12:26 AM
This website has free links to resources that would help a teacher or parent in dealing with any event of this nature. http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/about_war.html


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