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Find out what information your child is getting.

“What they’re hearing may not be factual, so it’s important to know where they’re getting their information,” he said. “Older children are on social media and younger children may be talking about the news with their friends, and they are likely to get a mix of information and misinformation from their peers. Find out what their fears might be and try to reassure them.”

Parents should answer as many questions as they are able to, steer children to reliable sources of information and provide context for the latest news, he said. Be honest in answering questions, but don’t go into more detail than necessary.