By jdonzelli

Gene_Cash - NSU Professor

Children are all different. They come in different ages, sizes, colors, and developmental levels. They are individuals and as such, the world is experienced by each uniquely and must be explained to them individually.

There are, however, a few ways in which children are all alike.

They all have hopes, dreams and fears. All children, and even adolescents, look to the important adult(s) in their lives to help them understand and cope with life’s stressors. Perhaps most importantly, even those children who are too young to understand language take cues from those important adults about how to react to their environments.

Both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend avoiding the topic of societal tragedies with children until around the age of eight (or the equivalent developmental level). However, in this age of mass media and information overload, most children have already heard something about mass shootings. Consequently, parents/guardians/other caring adults should be prepared to know what to say and, even more importantly, how to react when children are frightened to return to school.

Tragedies, particularly those caused by other people, have a way of producing visceral reactions and resulting strong feelings. We can’t and shouldn’t hide these feelings from …read more

Source:: NSU News