Finding proactive ways to deal with worried feelings

Child Mind Institute’s Rachel Ehmke offers pointers and helpful tips when discussing anxiety children are bound to have about school shootings.

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Parents are sometimes afraid to bring up school shootings with their children because they don’t want to scare them. But children will have often heard about a school shooting that is getting a lot of attention in the media, and bringing it up can actually alleviate any anxiety they might be feeling. Avoiding potentially scary topics can make them scarier to children.

These discussions are a chance for you to answer questions that they might have and provide some reassurance. While you can’t promise that their school will never have a shooting, you can in good faith tell them that school shootings are actually very rare and remind them that they practice drills at school to keep them safe.

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