The important thing in the short term is to limit exposure to the sensationalist and shocking images that will be on TV. Reassure your children and really listen to whatever concerns they have.
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world." - Fred Rogers
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
- Fred Rogers Talks About Tragic Events in the News
- The National Child Tramautic Stress Network Resources
- PBS Parents: Talking to Kids About the News
- MSNBC: Talking to Your Kids About the Shootings