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Child Psychiatrist: talking with your kids about tough material is teaching moment

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Child Psychiatrist: talking with your kids about tough material is teaching moment

CREATED Nov. 16, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, Pa- Penn State campus police and their counterparts in State College are contradicting claims from a former graduate assistant that he contacted them about the alleged sexual assault of a boy.

Police say they have no record of any contact from Mike McQueary, who is now an assistant coach, about Jerry Sandusky's alleged actions in a campus shower.

Meanwhile, Child Psychiatrist Robert Chayer knows it is natural for kids to have questions.

He has advice for parents -- struggling for an answer, telling TODAY'S TMJ4, "I think it's important to let kids know you're gonna be there to make them safe..."

Instead of turning off the TV when tough material -- like the Penn State story -- comes on, Chayer believes this can be a teaching moment.

"Just exactly, the details of the event may not be something you'd want to discuss with your child, but you want to discuss if anything is happen they're uncomfortable with, they need to let you know," explains Chayer.

With the Penn State story just about everywhere, a parent and Penn State alum believes talking about the problem is better than pretending it does not exist.

Parent Lynn Vice told TODAY'S TMJ4, "Absolutely we should be talking to kids about this. This is a great opportunity to talk to kids about you know, what constitutes abuse and inappropriate touch."

 

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