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Talking to Kids about Tough Topics Aired April 13, 2013

 The world we live in is becoming more and more complex every day. Many of the issues that adults often face or hear about in the media are difficult for children to understand. When these topics come up, how do you as a parent begin to explain them to your children?  Many parents wish they could avoid those uncomfortable questions but in reality, it is better that they hear the answer from you than someone else. 

To offer advice on talking to your kids about tough topics, Julie Baumgadner is joined by Mark Carpenter, director of the Lighthouse Counseling Center.



Facts:
  •   A survey of 218 children, kindergarten through 6th-grade, showed that 35.3% of children reported being frightened by the news.  Source: “People Killing People on the News”: Young Children's Descriptions of Frightening Television News Content, May 2012.
  • Reporting on what frightened them in their own words, children most frequently mentioned natural disasters (24.7% of children frightened), followed by kidnappings (10.4% of children frightened), the Iraq War (7.8%), and burglaries (7.8%). Source: “People Killing People on the News”: Young Children's Descriptions of Frightening Television News Content, May 2012.
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