The recent tragic school shooting in Nashville, where six people passed away, including three children and the perpetrator, has left many parents wondering how to talk to their children about such incidents. The American Psychological Association suggests that conversations with children should be planned in advance, that parents should find a quiet moment to communicate, and that they should be honest with their children about the situation. They also advise asking kids what they know and listening to their responses. Moreover, the APA recommends that parents reassure their children of their love and support, as well as explaining what death means. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against sharing graphic images or unnecessary details when discussing tragic events with children as some children might not cope well with tragic information. Parents should also watch for signs that their child is not adjusting well, such as sleep problems and changes in behavior. Further tips and information can be found at

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