Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW

Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW

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Talking to Children about the News

By Georgianna Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer

Many of us in the profession have now seen the SAMHSA and other guidelines for discussing tragedy and bereavement with youth, but what about some simpler tips to discuss the news itself, whatever it might be? Through the internet, chit chat, phones, televisions, radios, and papers, youth are not likely to get through a day without encountering the news and they will often have questions. For some parents it can be hard to discuss the news, especially when it’s tragedies such as yesterday, or to know how to approach the topic. In a new article PBS offers some very simple tips for discussing the news with children. These is very straightforward and clear but above all else remind parents to start where their child it, in knowledge, cognitive level, and age. So when you hug your kids a bit tighter today and they ask why, or they bring up something they heard, don’t hesitate to try your best to explain.

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