Are You Talking to Your Kids About the Earthquake in Japan?

Filed under: Opinions, In The News

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Some parents like to inform their offspring about current events, even those that are truly terrible, while others prefer not to mention such disasters.

When readers were asked if they were talking to their kids about the Arizona shooting, one commenter wrote: "Adults try too hard to filter the news for kids." She said she started reading the newspaper at age 10, and, while she acknowledged some things should be filtered, in general, kids should know what's going on in the world.

Many news outlets are reporting that more than 10,000 people may have died in Japan. Do children need to hear about such tragedies?

What about you? Are you talking to your kids about what happened in Japan? Did you let them watch video of the tsunami? Or are you keeping this one to yourself?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.