Talking through tragedy: Tips for helping children cope

Talking to your children about images from Syria

Many of the images from Syria are disturbing and while it's difficult for an adult to process -- it is exponentially more difficult for children to understand and cope with.

WZZM 13 Health Reporter Valerie Lego shares tips on how to talk to your children about what they might be seeing and feeling following the attacks in Syria and media coverage on them.

The two most important things a parent can do is encourage their child to express their feelings and create a safe environment for them to do so.

Be honest with children about what they are seeing. Research has show that children deal with situations better when they understand them. Parents should establish what their children already know about the situation, then look for misunderstandings or rumors and give them the correct information.

Often the most important thing a child needs is someone they trust to listen to their questions, accept their feelings and be supportive in moving forward.

Children may cry, get anxious, cranky or even angry -- but those feelings and behaviors are normal. If that kind behavior in child persists for more than three days and they seem unable to recover from their fears, parents should monitor the child's media exposure and consider having them speak to a professional.

For more tips and information on how you can help your child cope with tragedy, click here.

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