These days it’s hard to escape media around disasters and traumatic events – and it’s pretty much impossible to shield children from it. Children are especially sensitive to upsetting news and learn how to feel about something by watching and modelling adults’ reactions. Keeping things secret can add to their sense of anxiety and sadness when they do come across snippets of info. Your best option is to take an interest in what kids are seeing and reading and support them to understand what’s happening.

It's also important to take care of yourself and allow yourself to feel; it’s a normal reaction. Share your feelings but show that you’re managing them. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or distressed, reach out and seek support. Visit Healthy Families for more advice.

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