ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – How might parents help their children work through any worry or depression they’re feeling about the mass shooting in Orlando?
Psychotherapist Dr. Russell Hyken says it might not be readily apparent that children are impacted by tragic news like the Orlando massacre, when in fact they have deep-held fears as a result.
“Look for changes in behavior. Is eating changing? Is sleep patterns changing?” Hyken says. “This time of year kids as kids are going off to to summer camp, are they saying they don’t want to go.”
Hyken says one problem might be the saturation of news coverage in the wake of the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history.
“Really emphasize the safety aspect, because you don’t want to cause anxiety in them,” Hyken says. “And I would turn the t.v. and radio off when that news is on, especially if you have younger children.”
As a guest on Total Information A.M., Hyken says the age of the child makes a difference — younger children might need just the basics about the Orlando shootings, but it offers a chance for in-depth discussions with teenagers.
He says not only talk about what happened, but try engage in an open conversation about the differences of people that were harmed.
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