Talking to your kids about events like the Colorado movie shooting

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

Experts say parents should use their best judgment when talking to their kids about the mass shooting early Friday at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

Laura Merchant, a clinical social worker at Harborview Medical Center, said parents should take notice of their child's distress level. If children appear worried, parents should have conversations with them that are age appropriate -- simpler for younger kids and more details for older ones.

Most importantly: Assure children that they are going to be OK.

"I think the challenge for a parent is trying to figure out knowing what information to share without sharing too much, without minimizing it saying it could never happen here but without making it sound like it's going to happen and it's rampant and it's everywhere," Merchant said.

Online resources from Haborview Medical Center.

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