Valley psychologist gives tips on how to reassure kids after tra - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

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

Updated:

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."

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Teen charged after threatening Mohawk High School

    Teen charged after threatening Mohawk High School

    Monday, February 19 2018 6:46 PM EST2018-02-19 23:46:52 GMT

    A 14-year-old is facing terroristic threat and disorderly conduct charges after allegedly posting a picture on social media threatening to "shoot up" Mohawk High School.  

    More >>

    A 14-year-old is facing terroristic threat and disorderly conduct charges after allegedly posting a picture on social media threatening to "shoot up" Mohawk High School.  

    More >>
  • The Birthplace of a President: Celebrating Presidents Day in the Valley

    The Birthplace of a President: Celebrating Presidents Day in the Valley

    Monday, February 19 2018 6:05 PM EST2018-02-19 23:05:00 GMT

    Presidents Day- a holiday to remember those who have served the country in the highest form- hits close to home for the Valley, which proudly boasts itself as the birthplace of a President. 

    More >>

    Presidents Day- a holiday to remember those who have served the country in the highest form- hits close to home for the Valley, which proudly boasts itself as the birthplace of a President. 

    More >>
  • Recent tax scam shows fraudulent refunds in victims accounts

    Recent tax scam shows fraudulent refunds in victims accounts

    Monday, February 19 2018 6:00 PM EST2018-02-19 23:00:36 GMT
    A new tax season scam is putting fraudulent refunds into victims' bank accounts. What makes this recent scam so tricky is hackers are getting bank information directly from tax professionals, and fraudulently getting refunds that show up in the victims account. So when the victim receives the the fake phone call, they will actually see excess money in their bank account. Despite the fact that the unwarrented money in the bank account may cause alarm, Tax 29 owner Andrew Reigsta...More >>
    A new tax season scam is putting fraudulent refunds into victims' bank accounts. What makes this recent scam so tricky is hackers are getting bank information directly from tax professionals, and fraudulently getting refunds that show up in the victims account. So when the victim receives the the fake phone call, they will actually see excess money in their bank account. Despite the fact that the unwarrented money in the bank account may cause alarm, Tax 29 owner Andrew Reigsta...More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms