What to Tell Your Kids When There's a Mass Shooting

Too often, we think our role is to explain tragedies to young kids, but first they need to hear something else. This comes from my experience running a news website for kids, especially during 9/11
  1. 1.
    You are safe.
  2. 2.
    Your local police are dedicated to keeping you safe.
  3. 3.
    Your state is dedicated to keeping you safe.
  4. 4.
    Your government is dedicated to keeping you safe.
  5. 5.
    For many reasons, some people want to hurt other people.
  6. 6.
    Most everyone in your community and your country thinks this is wrong and are trying hard to find new ways to keep it from happening again.
  7. 7.
    We are getting better and better at that.
  8. 8.
    Now let's turn off that television and go outside.