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Florida Town Of Parkland In Mourning, After Shooting At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Kills 17

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via Cleveland19:

Lots of parents are once again having tough conversations with their kids about mass shootings, following the massacre at a high school in Parkland, FL.

So how do you have those conversations?

For the answer, we spoke to Dr. Lolita McDavid, Director of Child Advocacy and Protection at University Hospitals.

“Number one, you answer your child’s questions right away, to the best of your ability. So if they say, ‘can this happen at my school?’ I think you have to tell children now.”

Dr. McDavid said when it comes to kids and conversations like this, honesty is the best policy. That doesn’t mean you should overload them with details, though.

“At some point, you really get fatigued. I mean, you really do. We have to think about how scary this is for kids. So it’s actually okay to turn it off,” she said.

That could mean simply turning off the television or taking away the tablet.

“Move to something else. Think about something else. It’s not going to go away, but you don’t have to obsess over it,” McDavid said.

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