Florida School Shooting: What do we tell our kids?

February 16, 2018

The gunman who opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, wiped out lives and left friends and family struggling to cope after the United States’ latest mass shooting.

Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, a widely sought-after experts in the field of mental health, joined PIX11 News Friday night to teach parents and families how to talk to children about difficult news.

In addition to having a private practice in Manhattan, Gardere is an Assistant Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. Also known as “America’s Psychologist”, is also a prolific author of four books and a contributing author of a half-dozen books including the brand-new text, “The Causes of Autism.”

How parents can explain this trauma to kids:

• Ask them what they know and what questions or discussion they may want to have.
• Ask them how they feel about the shooting and if they have any idea what the kids at the school may be going through.
• Ask them to express any thoughts they may have about the kids who were injured or killed.
• Ask them about their own school and if they know any kids like the shooter and their thoughts on that. As well, how they may want to help that person with a mental health issue. Or if they have any dears about their own school.
• If you don’t have an answer for a question and concern, let them know you don’t know…it’s oaky…you can both figure it out in time.

Source: PIX11