What do you say?
It is so difficult to know the right thing to say. It depends on your child’s age, previous experiences, and temperament (some children are more sensitive than others),
Even though many of our children live far away from Newtown, they may have feelings of fear, anxiety, and confusion. They may ask questions, such as, “Why were the children killed and will this happen in our school?”
Answer questions honestly and directly based on your child’s age.
Don’t overwhelm young children with too much information.
You can assure them that they are safe. The killer is no longer alive.
Invite them to speak to you whenever they need to.
With reassurance and love, they should be able to get on with their lives. If not, you may want to seek professional help. At this time, it is also recommended that parents limit exposure to watching the event on TV and seeing violent movies, and even video games.