Host: Should I encourage my child to talk about what happened after a school shooting?
Dr. Hayley Sherwood: Parents should encourage their child to talk about their concerns and express their feelings about a school shooting. Sometimes, a child or teen maybe reluctant to initiate a conversation. So you may need to check in to how he or she is feeling. If parents do not ask, a child may not tell you that he is concerned and may interpret your silence the signal that you don't care or that you don't want to talk about it.
Keep in mind that the age of your child makes a difference in how you talk about the tragedy. For instance, a young or school-age child may not understand the concept of violence, but might be able to talk with you about a child in school who has been mean to them. 1