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Talking to Your Children About the Conn. School Tragedy

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SALISBURY, Md. - One local expert says discussing what took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School with your children is the appropriate step to take. Dr. Kathy Seifert, a local youth violence expert, says while a parent's first reaction may be to shelter their kids from such violence, if a child is old enough to talk about it, it is a conversation that should happen.

"I think they should talk about it because like other uncomfortable topics, if they hear it from their friends and don't have the explanation from their parents, I think that's worse," said Dr. Seifert.

And some local parents agree. WBOC spoke with a few people at the Salisbury City Park on Saturday who said they could not imagine a tragedy like this happening locally.  They also said they would welcome having a conversation with their children about what took place.

"With so much news and social media and that kind of stuff that's out there now, I would probably take the initiative and try and explain it to them first before they heard it from someone else," said Michael Horseman of Salisbury.

Dr. Seifert went on to say when addressing the shooting in Newtown with your kids, it should be a dialogue between a parent a child.

"You need to listen to what they have to say and let them know that yes this is awful but everything will be ok. That's what the children need to hear."

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