Parents Struggle With Decision to Tell Kids About Bombings

Dr. Janet Taylor and Dr. Sebastian Schubl on how to discuss terrorism with your children.
5:02 | 04/16/13

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A new fear factor in America this morning. After the terrifying Boston Marathon bombings parents are facing. A daunting challenge of what to say how do you explain the horror at the finish -- and how to help their kids. From coast to coast parents are grappling with questions. How much do they tell other kids about the deadly explosions in Boston or do they tell them at all. I'm coming to work among the apparent conflict did -- sex mother of six year old Lydia what I want to do is I want to cry and hold -- close -- -- Mom -- going knows that feeling. Their real struggle is that I want my daughter to have a child. She too wonders about what -- chain of her daughter Asha who is six but -- -- years older. Think he -- is very aware and very sensitive. -- she asks me the questions. In Los Angeles we spoke with several parents trying to make sense of that all. It's difficult depending on the age what they can. Handle or take ten and he don't want -- -- which wanted to be aware of it's going on the road. We just can't explain the vastly. Doctor Jeanine Howard a clinical child psychologist. Says the Boston terror attack is something that parents should be talking about to kids of all ages kids are getting. Information really quick these days and so it might not be that another five year old has seen it on the Internet -- and older kids at school are talking about it. Among Howard's tips for parents try to be calm and direct when you talk with your child even if you feel a little bit scared yourself. Some sadness anxiety even nightmares is normal in children after a national tragedy and don't let teenagers fool you. You want to be there for them to correct any misinformation. -- hasn't told her daughter about the explosions yet. She still deciding what to say. That's the worst thing in the world to tell. This small being that somebody has killed somebody else. As for Aaron she made the difficult decision to talk with on the shelves last night I would rather have her -- -- from me. And three other people cautious reaction. Friend really appreciate. What I hope is that by a talking about the -- with her we have a base you know we have a foundation. And for more now we are joined by psychiatrist doctor Janet Taylor and doctor Sebastian Schobel a trauma surgeon at Jamaica hospital -- new York and you know so many of us are dealing with us last night I was up. Fairly late but my ten year old she was sobbing she said why does this keep happening first there was the movie theater shootings and there was the school shootings in Newtown and now cents. What do you say to your kids back well I mean it's very difficult in the first -- -- -- -- here on -- motion is you can guarantee whatever you're feeling. Your kids are feeling -- well. But it's have a direct controlled conversation and have them as reestablish their sense of control. You can explain there are bad people in the world but they're good people but let's focus on the good it's in our house right now it's -- you -- questions you can ask ask them to ask you questions. Answer them honestly if if you don't know in answer find information together and then do something that's helping people but the little girl a video lit a candle. That's great they can write a letter. They can just reestablished the people who are good that they can touch -- what about the images on TV on the Internet should -- shield them from million have to monitor screen time in screen time is computers and TVs and phones under senior kids have probably seen it before you do them when they're at school you have no control. But it's that you can reestablish those boundaries about what they're watching anyway and one -- -- -- doctor -- is I focused on the heroes and that there are so many good people. In this -- we'll talk a little bit about what those heroes what those good people but doctors and nurses. In the hospital and on the scene are doing to treat these traumatic. Horrifying injuries while the. First responders in Boston did an incredible job when you can see just how quickly they spun off the health care system there. We have seven hospitals that are absorbing an enormous number of patients. The organization that the communication required even the people on the street the first responders that -- off not necessarily professionals they clearly saves lives and having that in place and telling your kids that that is something that exists that can be accessed that health care system will work for you. -- that provides a lot of reassurance because these are some gruesome details what these children are looking at dealing yeah I mean you're seeing -- started -- sent my daughter into me -- that was almost forced frank McDowell amputation you're hearing really really really difficult words to deal with and there's images floating all over the Internet I've seen a few of them -- incredibly graphic. But these people can be saved they can have fulfilling lives they're gonna require lots of health care lots of attention lots of surgery but we will get them through you've heard it from the Massachusetts general -- -- -- just a little bit ago he's got ten critical patients and he's gonna save every -- -- Talk to your kids and an end and explain what they're seeing because dean if you think you're -- then you're probably not I don't understand one hallmark of -- it terrorism a terrorist act is psychological and met to get you off your game -- -- reestablish their routine walk with your kids to school but don't change what you're doing. Doctor Taylor doctor -- thank you both important important -- thank you so much.

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