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Talking To Your Kids About Newtown Tragedy

Strategies for talking and listening to your children about the news, and a confidential 24-hour hotline for anyone experiencing psychological distress.

In the wake of the , Lynnfield parents may find their children hearing about the tragedy or seeing it on the news and find themselves in a difficult discussion.

For parents seeking guidance on how to address the tragedy with their own children, if it comes up, PBS has an article with flexible suggestions for answering kids' questions about the news.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also has a 24-hour hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting "TalkWithUs" to 66746. The hotline is open to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence or any other disasters.

The group also has tips for students, schools, adults, families, responders and health professionals in dealing with tragedies.

Cynthia Areglado December 15, 2012 at 06:08 AM
This is more than a tragedy children killing children and no one will ever make sense of why this happened and you can't help but feel pain in your heart right now. In honor of these children and their families I will not allow violent video games played in our house for one week and I would like it to be forever. I hear parents say all the time "I hate these games". We convince ourselves our kids know the difference between fantasy and reality. We all know its unhealthy for our kids to fill their heads with extreme violence, but we don't want to make an unpopular choice, and we know no good will come of these violent games and our kids are becoming obsessed with violent games. I know this is an unpopular choice with our kids but we are the parents and in light of what has just happened and out of respect for these fallen children and their families this is a small sacrifice to stand up to our kids. Our kids can get back to playing cow boys and Indians and nerfing each other for a week that's play vs. sitting at a TV screen for hours shooting at people. The nasty language in these games is as appalling as the killing. In memory of these fallen children I set as goal of no violent video games for one week and this will not be easy yet small sacrifice in honor of these children. God bless these families. Cindy Areglado

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