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Children’s Hospital Offers Tips for Parents to Discuss Terrorism and Tragedy with Children

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Web site offers tips for parents at

The events that took place in Washington D.C. and New York City earlier today have devastated the entire country. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is offering assistance for families through important tips and guidelines in an effort to help children cope with today’s tragic events.

As a hospital that cares for thousands of children across the region and country each year, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has made tips available on its Web site at

These tips are designed to help parents and caregivers find the best and most appropriate way to discuss today’s tragedy with children. Experts at Children’s Hospital recommend that parents be honest with their children regarding the tragedy, but that they should not overexpose children to broadcasts and disturbing images relating to these incidents.

Other recommendations include:

  • In times of crisis, spend extra time with your children.
  • Hearing and viewing repeated news reports about terrorism and violence is frightening to children. Limit your children’s access to news reports covering violence.
  • If children hear about violence in the news or see a news report, allow them to talk about how it makes them feel. Acknowledge their feelings, which may range from fear, sadness or confusion. Reassure them that you will help keep them safe and that when they are at school their teachers will help keep them safe. Remind them that the police, fire departments and other government officials also are working to protect them and others.

For a complete list of tips, log onto Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh’s Web site at

Melanie Tush Finnigan, 412-692-5016,

Last Update
February 20, 2008
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Last Update
February 20, 2008