WASHINGTON – It’s hard enough for adults to get a handle on what happened Monday at the Navy Yard. For kids, it’s even tougher.
“I think when these events happen, we also need to be mindful of how it affects children,” says Dr. Catherine Crone vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
She says it’s a good time for a little extra TLC to reassure children and ease their fears.
“Kids need to know that they are OK and it’s safe,” Crone explains.
It’s also a good idea for parents to limit their exposure to graphic images of the Navy Yard shootings. Crone says looking at those pictures over and over again can be disturbing for adults and much more so for kids.
“With so much media coverage, one needs to be careful about exposure and oversaturation about something that is really traumatic and particularly for younger children, this could be very scary,” she says.
The Mayo Clinic offers the following tips for talking to kids about tragedy.
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