Talking to children about the Connecticut school shootings

Advice from a psychologist on helping your children

After 'why did it happen?' the biggest concern for many is how to explain the Connecticut school shootings to children.

Dr. Rich O'Neill, psychologist at SUNY Upstate, says the best approach for parents is to be open to answering children's questions. O'Neill says that just being available and approachable is reassuring. He also says that if a child seems withdrawn, it's ok to ask if something's a concern, but volunteering lots of information could be overwhelming.

O'Neill, interviewed on Saturday's Weekend Today in Central NY, also said that showing emotion, as President Obama did in his Friday statement, is fine and helps humanize the tragedy.

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