How Should Parents Talk With Children About Bin Laden’s Death?

BOSTON (CBS) — Many parents are wondering how to talk with their children about Osama bin Laden’s death, especially when the story is everywhere.

Amy Beaudoin teaches at Elliot Elementary School in Boston and says her students came to her first thing Monday morning asking her about what happened over the weekend.

“I was asking questions like, ‘Is this going to change anything? How bad of a man he was?’” said Fawzy Salama, an eighth grade student at the school.

The students, who were in kindergarten on September 11, 2001, are still worried about potential terrorism.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports.

Brianna Sanders, 14, said she’s avoided taking the T. “I also thought about how it’s going to affect my life because I take the train to school. I’m worried about an attack on the train while I’m on it,” she said.

Dr. Roslyn Murov, of Children’s Hospital Boston, says make sure to give children give a clear, concrete message.

She says parents should be honest about possible dangers, but assure children they are safe.

“In some way, in a gentle way, let them know there’s always the possibility of something bad happening. That we have lots of safety measures in place to make sure children are protected,” she said.

Counselors say it’s best for parents to keep answers about bin Laden’s death short and simple.

Give children a bit of information, see how they handle it, and let that dictate whether you say much more.

  • eddwal50

    wow has americaa become pussified how about just telling the kids a very bad man is dead and the chance of them being hurt is very small

  • Just saying

    kids are a product of their parents. You worry about what can be controlled they will worry too. I am sorry but if you can’t tell your kid to just suck it up and get on the t then you can’t be a parent. My advise to parents don’t feed the fear. I sit on 128 every day and i figure a terrorist could hit a congested highway as well as the subway. I can’t sit at home and worry. I just get in my car and head off to work and be thankful I made it back home at the end of the day. what more can I do? If I had a kid I’d tell him to get over it and go to school. Just like my parents did.. they never felt the need to talk to me about a bad man being killed. If I asked they answered. Period end of story.

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  • ?????

    Why are 14 year olds in elementary school?

    • fhfhfhfh

      they are 8th graders so it must be a k-8

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