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Talking to your kids about tragedy

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Many of parents are even wondering how to talk with their kids about the Newtown tragedy, or is it a topic they even bring up?

Mark Vanderley, a school counselor at Chaddock School says it's important after tragedies like today to limit the amount of information younger children are exposed to. Vanderley says turning off the TV might actually be a good thing.

But if your child already knows what happened...there are some signs you need to look for as traumatic events can have a significant emotional impact on younger children.

"If your kid is not wanting to go to school, the more they are able to express those feelings of fear and anxiety and uncertainty the more comfortable they are going to be going to school down the road," said Vanderley.

Vanderley says it might even be a good idea to pull out a map for your child to ease some fears about the situation in Newtown to show them how far away it is.

 

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