Mass Shootings - Talking To Kids
(Edit - please also refer to our guest post, "From The Professional: Here We are Again – Responding To A Mass Shooting" by Dr. Kerry Makin-Byrd)
It's a disgrace that we are here again. Another mass shooting under our belts. Often our kids are more affected by these things than we might think. We don't live in a world anymore where we can shield them from the news. You might think your kids aren't aware, but through school friends, the radio, newspapers in the store, and of course online, they are often far more aware then you realize.
I came across a good article and video on a Chicago News Channel (WGN9) featuring Dr. Colleen Cicchetti of Lurie Children’s Hospital. You can read and watch here.
The primary points are:
- Plan ahead
- Remain calm
- Ask what they are worrying about
- Don't give them too much information
- Help them channel their anxiety
- Give them hope for the future
I would also add that think again about your children's access to the Internet. Make sure content filters are set to an appropriate age, be mindful of what they are looking at, and remember most importantly, access to a phone or tablet is not their right as a child. You as the parent are responsible for what they use the device for and if in doubt, clamp down until you can put processes in place that make you more comfortable.
Additionally, I think The Onion (satirical publication) has done a great job yet again of capturing the moment of a tragedy: ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens