With the recent tragic mass shooting incident in Las Vegas, children of all ages may need support in understanding and coping with the information that will be saturating the news media in these ensuing weeks. He or she may voice concern about lack of safety in public places and become worried and anxious. It is important for adults to respond in a caring and supportive way. Here are some tips for educators and parents when talking with kids about the tragedy:
Mayo Clinic has provided some age-related parenting tips when talking with children:
Elementary and Early Middle School children.
Children in this age range might have more questions about whether they’re truly safe. They might need help separating fantasy from reality.
Upper Middle School and High School children.
Older children will want more information about the tragedy and recovery efforts. They’re more likely to have strong opinions about the causes, as well as suggestions about how to prevent tragedies and a desire to help those affected.
Taken from “Helping Children Cope: Tips for Talking about Tragedy.” www.mayoclinic.org