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CT shooting: How parents can help kids cope

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  • Psychologist Dr. Rachel Elahee on how to talk to kids about tragedy

After the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting, many parents may be struggling with how to talk to their kids about the tragedy. How much information is too much to give your child? And, is there a lesson to share when bringing up the incident?

HLN's Mike Galanos and Susan Hendricks talked to clinical psychologist Dr. Rachel Elahee about the right ways to discuss the shooting, and how the young survivors may be coping in the aftermath.

How to talk to your kids about the shooting:

  • Support them by listening, talking to them and being a safe place
  • Sharing should be age-appropriate; withhold hard-to-hear details from younger kids
  • Limit kids' exposure to the media, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Reinforce general safety plans for dangerous situations

For more tips on helping kids cope with tragedy, visit the Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) web site.

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