Turn off the news on television, computer, or phone screens. If children see news of the event again and again, they may think the event is happening over and over in real time. Especially if there are frightening photos, read the newspaper out of view of young eyes (children may respond especially strongly to pictures showing other children suffering). If you can’t avoid images, point out together that in lots of photos you can find helpers—people coming to each other’s aid and comforting them. Photos of vigils may be helpful. You might explain that people bring flowers, candles, and photos of people who were killed or hurt to show their sadness and empathy.
The Big Idea: To young children, media reports may make it feel like violence is happening nearby, again and again.