What does all this tragedy on TV mean for your kids?
A day at the park isn’t uncommon for the Coopers. Jack and Kristen take their daughters Ember and Koren there at least three times a week.
At this age, it’s important to get the girls our in the sun, but when they’re a little older, their parents say they won’t be sheltered from TV. That includes violent content like reporting on the attacks on Paris, France.
“It’s just like a bully in school. Kids are exposed to bullies, adults are too. Terrorists are the bullies. Try to level it on their terms and explain to them what’s going on,” Jack said.
To some extent, Lourdes hospital psychiatrist Dr. Laurie Ballew agrees. She says at the right age, it’s okay to expose your child to traumatic news like those attacks. “I think it’s important to acknowledge that it’s a bad thing that was done by bad people, but mom and dad are going to keep you as safe as they can,” Ballew added.
Ballew says activity helps relieve any anxiety and grief in children. “Go out and play with them, or to sit down and color with them and draw with them,” she suggested.
Kristen says they’re raising tough girls. “We need to raise a generation that’s educated on everything,” she said.
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