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A Doctor's Guide to Talking to Your Kids About School Shootings

A Doctor's Guide to Talking to Your Kids About School Shootings

A student is dead after a school shooting at Freeman High School in Spokane and three others are in the hospital. Kids may have questions because, just like adults, children are exposed to news coverage of violence or hear about it from friends. And while there's plenty of advice out there about how to talk about the news as a family, there's something particularly upsetting about a shooting at a school. Dr. Robert Hilt, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, says parents should be prepared to help their children deal with traumatic events and provides important advice.

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