Traverse City Psychologist Explains How Parents Can Talk To Kids About Virginia Violence

Children are constantly exposed to media, and the violence in Virginia has parents in Northern Michigan wondering how to explain what happened.

The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center says there are a lot of things you can do.

We talked to one psychologist who says parents should go to their children and ask what they’ve seen and heard.

They say it’s a good way to start an open dialogue.

From there parents can ask more in-depth questions, like how does it make you feel.

Each child will react differently, and age definitely plays a role in how they respond.

Some younger children might need more reassurance, while older kids could have an easier time coming to terms with the violence.

And it also matters what else is going on in their lives.

"The more stressful things the child is experiencing currently in their life this could impact them. If you have a child who has more stressors going on like if their parents are getting a divorce this might upset them more," said Amelia Siders.

The Clinical Director of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center says parents also need to also watch how they react, because kids look to them as an example.