When children learn about school shootings & terrorism

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Parents often ask me how to comfort their own children. When their children here about stories in the media of tragedies such as a school shootings or a terrorist attack. This can be really challenging. What I usually recommend is to turn off the TV, turn off the radio and try to show your child as much as possible from what’s going on around. If your child has questions, answer their questions directly and simply, let them know that measures are been taken to keep them safe. That’s what their teachers are there for, their principals are there for. Most people in this world are good. But there are some people that make bad choices and do things that aren't very nice. But this is a very rare situation, not one that happens very often and not one that your young child should have to worry about.

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Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

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A leading medical authority for the popular press and entertainment industry, Dr. Tanya Altmann is a best-selling author, parenting expert and media spokesperson. A working mother and UCLA-trained pediatrician who practices in Southern California, Dr. Tanya is a designated spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, communicating complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts.  She is a child health expert for numerous news programs and talk shows including Today (NBC), and KTLA (CW Los Angeles). She stays on the cutting edge through her position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, as the Chief Medical Advisor for the Newborn Channel and her private practice.

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