Stories in the news can be frightening if an adult is not available to listen, explain and calm a child's fears.
Most parents attempt to shield their young children from upsetting news programs but many times our kids know far more than we think they do about what is happening in the world. When my children were young I was sometimes frustrated in my efforts to shield them from frightening news. Since you can't always control what they see it is important to come up with a plan for talking about the news and helping kids understand what they have seen.
Here are helpful tips from PBS about discussing current events with your kids.
1- Find out what your child knows about the news
2-Listen to what your child tells you
3-Ask a follow up question
4-Shield children under age eight from disturbing news
5-Avoid repeated TV viewings of the same news event
6-Monitor older children's exposure to the news
7-Develop an ongoing dialogue with your child about what's happening in the world.
You'll find a lot of great information and guidance at the PBS website
Here are some other resources to help you talk to your kids about the news:
Highlights tips for talking to kids about tragedies in the news
Media Smarts Centre for Digital and Media Literacy