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Our hearts and minds are with those affected by the continued string of tragic events in San Bernardino, Savannah, Paris, Syria, and many others.
Television or internet coverage of upsetting events like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or mass shootings can cause kids to worry that something similar could happen to them or their loved ones. It can also make them fear some aspects of everyday life — things that never worried them before.
Help your child by putting the news in its proper context and addressing their concerns. Here’s a helpful article on how to start that conversation (via Kidshealth.org).
If you are in emotional distress caused by recent events or know someone who is, find help with this free resource or by calling the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Additional information can be also be found at the American Academy of Pediatrics (Talking To Children About Tragedies and Other News Events)