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How To Talk To Kids About Violence In The News

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13.08.2021

Violent events, like news of the fatal mass shooting in Plymouth, can be a tough read for anyone, but especially children.

As news circulates online, on social media, and on our TVs and radios, it can be hard for younger ones to understand what’s happening.

Balbina Garza Delgado has been working as a child and adolescent psychotherapist for over a decade.

She says it can be quite “frightening” for kids to digest the news.

She mentions a big danger for children under the age of 10 is not understanding that a horrific event has ended but instead feeling like there is a “sense of a continuous threat”.

It’s important for that age range to not have as much exposure to adult news so putting in place limitations is important.

But that’s easier said than done so here are some of the ways to talk to children and teenagers about violence they might be seeing in the media.

1. Have an open conversation

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