BAGHDAD, IRAQ - JULY 1: Children swing at an amusement park July 1, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq. Despite a torrent of suicide bombings and material hardship, Baghdad's residents are still conducting business, worship and leisure. Friday evenings are especially busy times at restaurants and parks. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Cox Media Group National Content Desk
School shootings have become an unfortunate fact of life in the U.S.
No matter how hard officials try to protect students or how many safeguards schools implement, gun violence is a sad and life-threatening reality in American classrooms.
Think about what you want to say. Some advanced planing may make the discussion easier.
Find out what they know. For example, there was a shooting at a school or a bomb set off in another country. Ask them “What have you heard about this?” And then listen.
Tell the truth. Lay out the facts at a level they can understand. You do not need to give graphic details.
Sometimes the answer to the question is “I don’t know. “Why did the bad people do this?” “I don’t know.”
Above all, reassure. At the end of the conversation, reassure your children that you will work to keep them safe and to watch out for them. Be available to answer any questions or talk about this topic again in the future. Reassure them that they are loved.