How to Talk to Your Kids About School Shooting Tragedy
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(KCEN) -- With so many young children involved in this tragic shooting, many parents have questions about what they should tell their children about what happened today.
Experts say to shield children younger than seven. They say kids that young can't completely comprehend the situation at hand.
But in ages seven to 12, children want to know they are safe at school and they'll look to you for cues. Experts say your expressions will likely affect how they process this tragedy. Expressing appropriate emotion like sadness and empathy will help children deal with the news.
With teenagers, it's best to open up a dialogue with them to understand why they think this happened. Experts suggest perhaps channeling this experience into a community project or an act of charity.