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What to tell about the Christchurch mosque shootings



Parents wrestling with how to explain the Christchurch mosque massacre to their children should be safe, but be honest that something bad has happened.

Clinical psychologist Dr Sarb Johal said that when it came to dealing with tragedy , children took cues from their parents

"Kids need to be told" you're safe, something bad, something bad has happened and there are people out there, "Johal said.

 People leave floral tributes at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch

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People leave floral tributes at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.

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Following Friday's attacks, which killed 49 people, all New Zealanders can expect to feel grief and loss. 19659006] From shortly before 2pm on Friday, a shooting attack on Christchurch mosques unfolded which saw 49 people killed. "For all New Zealanders there is a collective loss of grief, not just for the brothers and sisters we have lost but for our sense of identity, "Johal said.

" There's going to be a fundamental sense of readjustment. "

Depending on their age, young people will need different things but they should all be told they're safe and that it's

 Children should be injured and killed but others are keeping us safe, a psychologist says

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but there are other people k eeping us safe, and psychologist says

They should be given as much information as they want, although that depends on their age and stage and age of development. Parents shouldn't go into much detail.

"Give young children information but be mindful that too much can be harmful." Repeated exposure to imagery and audio descriptions about what happened in the event could increase the risk of. anxiety and or other issues

 A man lays flowers at the corner of Hereford St and Linwood Ave near the Linwood mosque after the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch.

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A man lays Flowers at a corner of Hereford St and Linwood near the Linwood mosque after the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch.

"Ask them what they would like to know and give them access to that information too. Tell them enough

JOHAL'S ADVICE TO PARENTS * Give children as much information as they ask for.

* Stay aware of things they might see or hear.

* Tell

* Remember to talk about feelings as much as facts.

* Find a space for their own feelings, if they're struggling they should get help.

* Let children help; Find children and teenagers' reactions may be delayed.


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