Advice on talking to children after Boston bombings
Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 10:51 PM EDT
HOLLAND, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - In the wake of the tragedy, the attention on the Boston Marathon has been non-stop, for all of us, including children.
There's no question this is a difficult conversation for all of us to have--regardless of our age.
But it's something more different for children to understand.
Law enforcement in West Michigan tell Newschannel 3 that when they're handling a difficult situation, it's always best to be honest.
The key, they say, is to start by asking questions--what is being talked about in classrooms at school? In the hallways? What did the children and their friends talk about today?
Then, go from there. That way, you can be honest, without giving too much information.
"I think it's important for parents to understand that kids do hear things," offered Capt. Jack Dykstra, from Holland Police. "They do see the bad news on TV, or they might hear it from friends at school. So it's important to acknowledge it rather than ignore it.
"I think one of the key things is to just start by asking questions, and find out what they know, and then respond to that."
If you are having a conversation about a topic like this and you don't know the answer to a question, it's okay to say that too.
Capt. Dykstra says one of the most important things to do is end on a positive note.
Talk about all of the first responders and police officers and public helping others in their time of need.