As the images from the Boston Marathon dominate the headlines and news networks, local psychologists offer some advice on how to talk to children.
Mental health professionals say kids often fear this type of event could happen to them or close to home.
Experts say its best to reassure your children that these kinds of tragedies are rare and to keep an open dialogue with them.
“Follow the child’s lead. If the child wants to talk about it and they’re asking questions, certainly we need to attend to them,” said Joe Shorokey with D&E Counseling Center. “But to initiate conversation with the child about something they don’t seem distressed about and are not asking about, no I would not do that.”
Shorokey also recommends limiting children’s exposure to all the news coverage.