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Expert: Talking to children about tragedy

After nearly 30 people – mostly children – were killed in a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, many people are wondering how they should talk to their children about such incidents.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – After nearly 30 people – mostly children – were killed in a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, many people are wondering how they should talk to their children about such incidents.

Tanya Gesek, licensed psychologist, offers the following advice:

• Use words and concepts your child can understand. Make your explanation appropriate to your child's age and level of understanding. Don't overload a child with too much information.
• Give children honest answers and information. Children will usually know if you're not being honest.
• Be prepared to repeat explanations or have several conversations. Some information may be hard to accept or understand.

Asking the same question over and over may be your child's way of asking for reassurance. More information and advice can be obtained here.

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