Counselors give advise on how to talk to kids about tragic events

Counselors at Taft Counseling Center in Wichita Falls say it's important to approach tough subjects like Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut where 26 people were killed, including 20 children.

Counselors like Vanessa Kincheloe say some children may not be able to handle the magnitude of the situation.

Kincheloe recommends talking about safety procedures, and assuring kids that events like the today's mass shooting are isolated incidents and that a school is safe.

Also, it's important for parents to be aware of the information their kids receive, where it comes from and who it comes from.
   
Kincheloe says keeping the avenue of communication is extremely important.

"With kids, you kind of have to give them the outlet to talk about it because the more they talk about it, typically, the less fearful they are," Kincheloe says.

In addition, counselors advise parents to be aware of how they repond to tragic events, because kids are perceptive and they pick up on emotions.

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