Tips for Parents to Filter Media Coverage of Tragic Events
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Media coverage of tragic event like the bombings in Boston can be upsetting and confusing to kids, and also hard to avoid pictures, videos and stories which can help inform and educate you an your children. But it's up to parents to be the filter.
"Kids of all ages take their cues from us as parents as the more emotional we are about it, the more worried or concerned the kids will likely be." The National Child Traumatic Stress Network suggests doing this: be sure you're watching what they're watching, and discuss what's going on. Ask them about their thoughts and feelings about what they saw, read or heard, and correct any misunderstandings.
Older kids and teens have a lot more access to information through social media, so be sure to talk to them about their concerns and point of view. When it comes to really young kids, consider shutting them off from TV for a while to limit their exposure.