Rochester, N.Y. - Jody Manly, a Clinical Director at the Mount Hope Family Center suggests that parents keep the television off for younger children in particular.
Manly says for young kids, hearing and seeing the images from this type of story can be scary, sad and hard to process.
Manly says it's important for parents to be open with their children and listen to their needs.
She also says it's important to keep children in their routine.
“I think one of the things as much as possible is to reassure the kids that they are safe, that grown ups are trying to reassure their safety and that is ok to go to school,” Manly said.
Manly also urges parents to pay attention to their children's behaviors.
She says look for signs of nightmares or worries, and seek professional help if necessary.
Manly says the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is one of many resources to help children.