Three school shootings occurred within one month in the fall of 2006, including an incident at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania that killed five children. CHILD interviewed Jerry Brodlie, Ph.D., chief of psychology at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut and a member of the magazine's advisory board, for his advice on reassuring children during frightening times.
When something as tragic and frightening as a school shooting occurs, children are bound to have many concerns. We turned to educational psychologist and Parents advisor Michele Borba, EdD, for the five best things you can say to reassure them now.
Kids are kids, which means that when they get mad, they're not especially diplomatic about it. What's disturbing, though, is that more and more kids seem unable to stop at ordinary expressions of childish ire. "I see hundreds of kids each year, and I'm shocked by the level of aggressiveness I'm observing," says Edward Christophersen, Ph.D., a psychologist at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO.