10 Ways to Talk to Kids About Events in the News

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Explain What Happened

When your child wants to know more, explain the basics. Through early adolescence, kids perceive all events as happening nearby, says Margret Nickels, Ph.D., director of the Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families. If they see a picture of a plane on fire or soldiers fighting, they may not realize that they’re seeing something from halfway around the world. Use a map or globe to give your child some perspective.