Psychologists provide advice on how to talk to kids about war

By Catherine Robertson Souter
June 27th, 2022
Dawn Huebner, Ph.D., an Exeter, NH-based clinical psychologist and author who specializes in children and anxiety.
Dawn Huebner, Ph.D., is an Exeter, NH-based clinical psychologist and author who specializes in children and anxiety.

In a media-saturated world, it can be difficult to shield children from the most traumatic information. With a war raging in Ukraine and updates on the nightly news, parents face the challenge of helping children cope with an onslaught of information and commentary.

The first question a parent may ask their therapist is whether to talk about violence in the world at all. Parents may want to shield their kids from bad news. But experts agree that while wars, wildfires, and health scares are not new to the human condition, the prevalence of these topics being discussed on social media means that children are most likely being exposed to them.

"Parents may be looking to protect their child and so they will say, 'I am not going to bring t...

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