NPR Writes About What to Say to Kids When the News is Frightening

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The news is scary.

We're living in an unprecedented time in media and information, and we're also living in a time of incredible change, of course the news is scary.

National Public Radio published a piece recently on how to limit an anxious child's exposure to distressing news and how to explain some of the seemingly endless barrage of horror inundating the public from all angles.

When The News Is Scary, What To Say To Kids

Whether a school shooting or a deadly tornado, scary events in the news can leave parents struggling to know when — and how — they should talk with their kids about it. Rosemarie Truglio of Sesame Workshop and Tara Conley, a media studies professor at Montclair State University, give us tips. - Limit their exposure to breaking news.- For the really big stories, pick a quiet moment and start the conversation by asking what kids have heard and how they're feeling.- Give facts and context: Let kids know that most scary news events are rare. Show them where it is happening on a map. - When they ask why something happened, avoid labels like "bad guys." - Encourage kids to process the story through play, art, even video.- Take positive action together.

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