5 Tips to Help You Talk to Your Kids about the Las Vegas Shooting

5 Tips to Help You Talk to Your Kids about the Las Vegas Shooting
Your kids likely woke up to news of the horrific mass shooting that took place overnight at a country music concert in Las Vegas. In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, conversations surrounding guns, hate, and seemingly random attacks are inevitable. As your kids head to school, other children may comment on the attack and even perpetuate the fear and anxiety that many feel after a tragedy like Las Vegas.

How should you talk to your kids about the mass shooting in Las Vegas? There are five factors to consider when shaping how you talk with your children about a tragedy like this attack.

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1. Consider the Facts

Because children may have limited access to reliable information sources, it’s commonly the case that they are uninformed or misinformed about difficult topics, especially when they unfold as breaking news. Children are also still developing the ability to effectively process complex information in limited time frames. You are not trying to prove yourself to be a police detective with all of the answers about what happened in Las Vegas. But you should seek to be a reliable source of insight for your children when tragic events occur.

The facts around the shooting in Las Vegas are constantly evolving as the investigation unfolds. It’s helpful to read articles from reliable sources that can enable you to familiarize yourself with the details surrounding the shooting and the ongoing investigation. Of course, the level of detail you use when talking with your children will depend on their age, the priority of the issue in your home, and your parenting approach. But we can’t assume that children understand the details. So, helping your child to consider the facts establishes an essential foundation for the rest of the conversation.

 

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