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Talking with kids about LAUSD threat closure




Two children try to light a candle at a memorial for Martha Sanchez, a store clerk who died Tuesday night during a robbery. Many of the parents and children in the area said they knew Sanchez.
Two children try to light a candle at a memorial for Martha Sanchez, a store clerk who died Tuesday night during a robbery. Many of the parents and children in the area said they knew Sanchez.
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Paris. San Bernardino. LAUSD. With terrorism in the headlines and hitting closer to home, it can be difficult for parents to discuss these events to questioning children.

After the attacks in Paris, articles emerged with advice on how parents can talk to their kids about what happened. With ISIS setting its sights on the West, parents wanted to know how much to tell their children, what they should let them watch and how the conversation should start.

With a “credible threat” to the LAUSD Tuesday, Angeleno kids could feel confused, upset or anxious knowing the danger is much closer than Paris. So how should parents respond?

Guests:

Stephen Brock, Ph.D., leading crisis expert in California for the National Association of School Psychologists

Betsy Brown Braun, child development and parenting expert; best selling author of "Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents" (HarperCollins)