Helping your children deal with tragedy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — It seems everywhere we look there are children being injured or killed.

From children killed in school shootings, to kids being kidnapped in Nigeria and toddlers dying from heat inside cars. But what does this do to our children when they hear about these kind of tragedies?

Experts say that it is something parents should definitely take into consideration. Doctor Josh Klapow says that children can be exposed to content that just not appropriate for them. The result for many kids are nightmares, problems at school, and difficulty sleeping. However, there are simple things that parents can do to make sure that their kids are protected.

Dr. Josh Advice:

-Limit exposure: In general, children under the age of 12 should not watch the news alone.

-Help them understand what has happened: so that you can explain the likelihood of these events NOT happening to them

-Initiate conversation with your children: find out what fears or concern they may have

-Let them help, or get involved: sending sympathy cards or raising money

-Remain calm and composed: How you respond to tragic events will have a big impact on your children



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