From the breaking news update scrolling across the TV or computer screen to the shared shock and sadness among families, friends and coworkers, tragic events can have a profound effect on us all, near or far, even if there is no personal connection to the unfolding situation.
Many of us will always remember the moment we first heard about the space shuttle explosion or the events of 9/11 – where we were, what we were doing, who we were with – recounting our stories whenever the anniversaries roll around. For many teens and children, their moment may be the first tweet or Facebook posting they saw about the shootings at Chardon High School.
Tragic events can have a deep, sometimes unexpected impact on children and teens, making it crucial for parents to be open, honest and available to their children about the situation, especially if the signs of trouble linger. Akron Children’s Hospital also has several resources to share with families.
Georgette Constantinou, the administrative director of pediatric psychiatry at Akron Children’s, discusses what parents can do to help their children understand and deal with tragedy in the following Children’s Channel video.