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Should Kids Watch the News?

When do you talk to kids about tragedy?

When something terrible happens in your community, or even in the world, how do you decide whether or not to discuss it with your kids? Consider

  • Will this directly touch your family?
  • Is your child likely to hear about it somewhere?
  • Is your child under age 8?

How do you “parent” the news?

How can you approach this terrible story with a calm voice and a clear message? You need a chance to prepare for this conversation. Dr. G joined Kristine Sorensen on CBS’ Pittsburgh Today Live to talk specifically about a school stabbing incident that happened recently, and then open up to discuss how parents can handle any difficult news you need to give to a child in your life. Listen to find out:

  • What to do before you talk about it.
  • How to start this conversation.
  • What words to use for different aged children – with specific examples.
  • How to focus on positive news and actions for your kids to take!

Parents, what bad news have you chosen to share with your children? How did it go? 


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2 thoughts on “Should Kids Watch the News?”

  1. I don’t watch the news regularly, but if the kids are worried about a specific news story, we talk about it. I follow their lead, always.

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