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KidsHealth, Willis-Knighton Address How To Talk To Your Kids About Terrorism


In the wake of several tragedies this week — including the Boston Marathon bombings and Texas fertilier plant explosion — a lot of parents wonder how do handle the news with the little ones.  There is help available.

KidsHealth — the comprehensive library of health information — has many articles to help address some of the concerns families may have. It’s created three new centers — “how to talk to your child about the news” for parents, and “terrorism” for teens and for kids. KidsHealth features thousands of medically-reviewed articles, animations, features and news written to be age-appropriate for parents, kids and teens. You can find that library on the Willis-Knighton Health System website.

Here’s an excerpt of one of the articles geared toward parents:

How Kids Perceive the News
Unlike movies or entertainment programs, news is real. But depending on their age or maturity level, kids might not yet understand the distinctions between fact and fantasy.

By the time kids reach 7 or 8, however, what they see on TV can seem all too real. For some youngsters, the vividness of a sensational news story can be internalized and transformed into something that might happen to them. A child watching a news story about a bombing on a bus or a subway might worry, “Could I be next? Could that happen to me?”


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