By: Jillian Wilson
Even though we are a thousand miles from Connecticut, parents and children are feeling the effects of this tragedy right here at home.
Dr. Steve Kopp, a therapist with Genesis Psychology Associates said parents should keep it short and simple when explaining the tragedy to kids.
"We start to babble and go on and on and that gives them the impression that you are anxious about the situation and then they become more anxious because even my mom or my dad is scared," said Dr. Steve Kopp, PhD, Genesis Psychology Associates.
Dr. Kopp said parents should talk to their kids and educate them about the situation instead of letting them find out on their own.
"For many of these kids the conceptualization of Connecticut is a very abstract concept for them, but the fact that their TV is right here, the story is right here and that kid looks like a kid that goes to my school makes it seem like it's very near to them," said Dr. Kopp.
But parents need to listen to their children and let them react on their own.
Dr. Kopp said parents shouldn't project how they should feel because that creates confusion for many kids.
"If they are feeling fear, then we label that fear and we understand that you are afraid," said Dr. Kopp.
Every child will handle the news in their own way, but the most important thing parents can do is let them know they're safe.