Schools Help Kids Deal With Columbia Tragedy

The images of the Columbia are burned into our memory. Continuing news reports and tape replays make for vivid reminders of the tragedy.

And as we watch the tragic images, often our children are watching them too. How can we help them cope? Matt Barrentine joins us with some answers.

Children are wrestling with the loss of the Columbia like the rest of us, but how can parents address their anxiety? We’ve seen the image of the Columbia’s fatal return. Everywhere there are reminders. Flags flay at half staff, sings offer thoughts and prayers. Watching these images with us are children. Children who often as many questions that grown-ups have to answer.

The best thing to do is to talk it out, be able to talk with them. Their teacher, guidance person, or even their family.

The Leon County School system, like many throughout the country has a plan in place to help kids cope with tragedies.

Counselors say the best thing to do is to listen to your child and give them a chance to vent their anxieties. They also so to be honest, but the younger the child the fewer details you should give them.

Also, stressed-out parents have stressed-out kids. So, working on your own anxieties can often be helpful.

Some things that can help kids deal with tragedy:

  • Talking
  • Drawing
  • Writing