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Valley psychologist gives tips on how to reassure kids after tragic events

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is hard enough for adults to comprehend let alone children

Parents often want to shield their kids from devastating news. However, that's not always possible or the best way to handle a situation.

Child Psychologist Dr. David Chirella says parents need to let their kids guide that conversation. That way parents aren't giving kids more information than they can handle.

Moms and dads know their child better than anyone and should take that into account when it comes to how often the child sees images and hears the news of the shooting.

Dr. Chiarella says it's also important for adults to keep their emotions in check because kids will pick up on it.

Dr. Chirella suggests reassuring your kids how they are going to stay safe. "I always like to make a distinction between probability and possibility. So that if we say to our children there are people who do bad things to other people, but school is still a safe place and home is still a safe place. And I think then we need to go in and talk about how it is safe."

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