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Child Experts Urge Straight Talk About Tragedy


Experts are warning parents not to over expose young children to coverage of the Orlando mass slaying, but they stress answering questions truthfully.

Cecile Carter is a licensed clinical social worker and a registered play therapist from Tallahassee.  She says young children are bound to ask questions of the mass shooting.

She recommends correcting any misconceptions and reassuring younger children they’re safe. The fact that many of the victims were gay offers a teachable moment, Carter says.

“In the midst of this tragedy there is a very good opportunity to teach children that everyone deserves respect and everyone deserves to be loved and to be kept safe.”

Carter recommends stressing the bravery of the first responders and the outpouring of community compassion when explaining the tragedy to children.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.