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How to talk to kids about bombings in Boston


The terror in Boston can evoke a lot of different emotions.

It can also leave children with a lot of questions.

"I'm not letting them watch the TV because it's bad news, and I try to keep my kids away from bad news," said Amy Slinger, a mother of two from Waverly.

Experts with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) recommend starting the conversation with children by asking what they already know.

NCTSN also recommends:

-Gently correct inaccurate information

-Limit media exposure

-Be a positive role model and be patient

"Children have a hard time recognizing how large this world is and the fact that Boston is a long ways away from here," said Special Education Administrator for AEA 267 Jay Colsch.

"They may harbor fears that this is something that could happen right here in Waterloo, Cedar Falls or Waverly, and consequently it's important to start the conversation with them," he said.

Additional material from NCTSN on how to talk to youth about the bombings in Boston can be found at or by clicking here.

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