Counselors Recommend Keeping Kids from Viewing Boston Bombing Coverage

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Across the nation, people are glued to their televisions watching all of the action out of Massachusetts unfolding. Even the youngest in the nation can see all of the images of bombs exploding on a crowded streets, terrified volunteers helping the injured, S.W.A.T teams surrounding homes.

"We really encourage our parents to turn off the TV. The kids should not be watching too much," Carver Elementary School Counselor Stef Weber said,

Weber recommends talking to kids about the situation, but she said start by asking them what they already know.

"If you try to explain it, sometimes you cause more anxiety, because you tell them things they weren't even thinking about or even worried about," Weber said.

Weber says empowering kids can alleviate their anxiety. She says let them know there's a plan in place.

"Bad things happen," said Weber "But there are good people out there too. There are more good people than bad people. "

For something that shook an entire nation to it's core, Weber said it's hard to explain to kids what adults struggle to comprehend.

"In reality, they need to know that's how we live our life. Whether we are their age or as adults. We can't let that fear define us," Weber said.
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