As a parent, we want to shield our children from the horrors of the world; from stories of terrorism, war and death. The terrible incident in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert is likely to reach your child, whether through school friends talking about it or your child catching a glimpse of the news on the TV or social media.
It’s important to consider how to discuss this with your child. Obviously taking their age into account, here at Mojomums we all refer to the BBC Newsround website, which offers advice and tips about what to do if your child is feeling sad about what they have seen, heard or read…
The Newsround website also rounds up the breaking news in a way that your child will understand, using simple words and facts without trying to scare or worry your child. For their up-to-date news about the attack in Manchester click here…We find it is a great source of reference for both parent and child.
Leading psychiatrists have advised parents not to hide the news of the Manchester terror attack from their children. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said it is best to be honest with youngsters about the incident.
Try to assure your child of the rarity of attacks like these and let them know they are safe. Let them ask any questions that may be concerning them. Try not to speak of ‘bad people’ but instead of a bad action.
Visit www.bbc.co.uk/newsround for advice and information.