Talking With Kids About Tragedy
They're pictures and video that will be re-played for months to come. Authorities will answer questions about the attack, but it may leave kids in the metro with their own questions. Dr. Daniel Daly, a counselor with Boys Town says, "It's normal for kids to have some worries for a couple of days, very normal."
Dr. Daly says it's best to leave the subject alone unless your child brings it up first. Daly says, "It plays a part in kid's curiosity but I don't think it plays a part in damaging our kids." Daly says even though images are pouring in, your child may not be mentally affected since they didn't see the actual event.
Daly says research shows if your child directly saw the shooting, they'd have a one in seven chance of having mental health problems - still questions may come up about what happened. Daly says, "I wouldn't go into probabilities. I wouldn't say, well, there's bad people in the world. I would say, it's not going to happen here. You're child wants to feel safe."