This morning many families woke to hear of the tragic shooting event in Aurora, Colorado. Families, friends, and couples who had planned a fun filled night enjoying the newest “Batman” movie were doing what many of us do as we wait for the lights to go down and the movie to begin, using Twitter and Facebook to share their excitement over the release of “The Dark Knight Rises.” However excitement turned to horror as the now identified alleged shooter, James Holmes opened fire, leaving a reported 12 dead and 38 wounded. Among those wounded included an infant and a 6 year old child.
It may be a long time before we know all the details about this random act of violence that has rocked the city of Aurora, CO and the nation. But in the meantime our children are probably hearing and seeing news about the shooting, on television, in newspapers and as we talk about the tragedy. How can we talk to our children about this event?
Much of the expert advice we have on talking to our children about school shootings can be used by parents this weekend, as we talk about “The Dark Knight Rises” shooting.
The APA (American Psychological Association) offers this advice:
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