Your child doesn’t need to have been at the scene
of today’s Connecticut school shooting to be traumatized. Hearing about it and seeing images from it can be quite traumatic.
It’s important to remember that children of different ages and levels of development will react differently to the tragedy. Here are some tips to help tailor your conversation to your child’s needs.
Children younger than 7
Shield them from this. They don’t need to know about it.
They need to know that they are safe, and they’ll look to you for cues.
If you’re sobbing uncontrollably, overly angry or unable to express your feelings, it might affect how they process the tragedy. But if you’re expressing appropriate emotion — like sadness, concern and empathy — they’re going to see that it’s OK to be worried about this.