Talking to children about mass shooting in Las Vegas

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Acts of heroism and kindness are now slowly blurring the horrific shooting in Las Vegas.

Stories of first responders quick action — strangers helping strangers — in the midst of evil.

When it comes comes to talking to a school aged child about something so unspeakable, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Patty Ann Tublin, prescribes concentrating on the goodness of humanity.

“Focus the child’s emotion on the goodness and positive which is not to say you deny the tragedy happened, allow them to to express their sadness or their fear about the tragedy, allow them to express it. Then normalize it from the perspective, the reason why this is breaking news honey is because it rarely happens.”

By doing that, Dr. Tublin says children can better overcome their fears. With 24/7 coverage and social media, there’s little to which they are not exposed.

“So bring it up – and say to them have you heard about what happened in Las Vegas, and then take your cue from the child.”

Dr. Tublin stresses, do not allow what happened in Las Vegas to define life for you and your family. So purchase that ticket for that concert you had planned on attending.

“You can tell your child, we take car rides all the time. Tragedies happen with cars and you would never dream of not driving in a car anymore. The same thing with the concert, any kind of large gathering.”

What’s equally important she says is that adults should keep their own emotions in check.

“If you seem like you are falling apart, you’re child will pick up on that fear and anxiety and you don’t want them to feel anxious.”

If needed — limit television viewing.

And Dr. Tublin says, if you’re child is having difficulty sleeping and eating, you may want to get expert help.

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