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Talking to Kids about Oklahoma Tornado

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DOVER, Del.- When taken along with the massacre in Newtown, Conn., Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla., is the second time this school year a national-level tragedy has directly involved lots of elementary school kids.

If you're a parent, talking to your own kids about what happened can be difficult.

Dr. Greg Drevno is a school psychologist at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in the Capital School District. He says it's normal for kids to want to talk about the tornado that killed so many young kids - including seven at the same school.

"What children want to know is - could it happen at my school? Am I safe?" he said. "In a realistic way, you have to explain to your youngster what happened and how people came together to help the people at those schools."

Drevno said that explanation should be brief and not include specifics.

"Children want to know why. A lot of times the why question comes from that they think things are absolutely going to happen. They saw it on television. That means it is going to happen here," Drevno said. "We should really monitor how much of the TV they watch, because it can be overwhelming to them."

And he says if you're a parents need to be the ones to talking his or her kids.

"If you don't inform your youngster, somebody else will. You're not sure what their being informed of."

Click here for the national association of school psychologists has a resource: "A National Tragedy - Helping Children Cope."

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