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Connecticut shooting: Talking with your children about tragedy

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The horrific images have been on television and the internet all day. Children, most of them between the ages of 5 and 10 killed while they were at school--a place that's supposed to be safe.

Dr. Robert Shulman of the Rush University Medical Center says it may be a difficult conversation to have with your children, but you have to.

"If the child is aware talk about it...let them express concerns, tell them your concerns," explains Dr. Shulman. "Let them know you're gonna do whatever you can to keep them safe. That their school is safe and their teachers know what to do."

Shulman says if your child isn't talking about the massacre, pay close attention. If their behavior has changed and they're having difficulty sleeping, that child may have some anxiety about the shootings. Find out their fears and always keep the lines of communication open.

When your child is talking, parents should be ready to be a good listener.

"You drop the kids off thinking you're gonna pick your kids up at the end of that day it's sad because I just picked my kids up and some parents won't be able to pick up theirs," says Lester Barrett, a parent.

Some Chicago parents say they don't mind having the conversation with their children, but they just want violence against our children to stop.

"I can't believe something like that would happen," another parent says. "It scares me to death and I wanted to make sure my daughter was safe."

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