How do I talk to my child about the recent shooting events?

by Lacey Seymour, PhD
As we are all coping with the recent tragedies in our area, you may be wondering what is the best way to speak to your children about these events. When children hear about a scary event, such as the recent shootings of law enforcement agents in Baton Rouge, it is very common for their anxiety to increase. They may begin to experience distress involving separating from their loved ones, especially at night. Fortunately, the American Psychological Association has published a wonderful list of resources that can assist families in managing emotions associated with terror events. Please see the links below for more information on how to help your family during these difficult times.
Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting:
Building resilience to manage indirect exposure to terror:
The Road to Resilience:
How to talk to children about difficult news and tragedies:
How much news coverage is ok for children?
Talking to kids when they need help:
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting:
How to Talk to Our Kids about the Tragic Shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas: https://psychologybenefits.org/2016/07/12/how-to-talk-to-our-kids-about-the-tragic-shootings-in-louisiana-minnesota-and-dallas/
How to find help through seeing a psychologist:
 Dr. Lacey is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at Live Oak Children’s Center.