Last week, I addressed how to understand anxiety related to one’s news and media consumption habits. Quick recap: it’s all about cultivating an awareness about your consumption habits (i.e. what kind of content, from where, what time of day) as well as setting and sticking to boundaries regarding said habits.
But what about when your kids hear about scary news?
The following article is a great point of reference when formulating ways to tactfully and intentionally discuss scary news with a child. Remember, a child just wants to make sense of the world around them and feel safe. Seeing scary news at any age can be overwhelming and frightening, but parents can use it as an opportunity to communicate love and security to their child as well as teach their child how to be compassionate and empathic towards others.
From school shootings to roadside accidents, frightening events happen every day. Learn how to discuss them so kids understand and feel safe.