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Talking to Your Children About Tragedies in the News

Recent news of the attack in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert hits home for many of us. This senseless violent act targeted at young people can raise concerns and questions for adults as well as children. As we keep those directly impacted in our thoughts and prayers, we offer some practical suggestions to assist you in your conversations with young people.

  • Remember, it is not uncommon for people to feel sad, confused, anxious or vulnerable during this time. There may even be a combination of feelings, which is normal.
  • Have the conversation with your children: Ask them what they heard and provide accurate information in language they understand.
  • Limit media exposure to the best of your ability.
  • Validate their feelings but also reassure them of the efforts that you and the community are making to keep them safe.
  • Role model self-care and positive coping skills.

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Updated: 5/30/2017