Children will find out about the world’s tragic events, so the information might as well come from you.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for talking to children about a world tragedy:
- Explain the event in basic detail, but don’t include graphic images or descriptions. Provide enough information without being overly frightening.
- Make sure your child understands that it’s okay to be concerned and upset, and offer support and comfort.
- Reassure children that officials are doing their jobs and taking care of people.