It seems that since March 2020, we have been bombarded with scary headlines on the news… one more surprising than the next.

While these headlines and stories are tough for us to see and digest as adults, it can be even more confusing and stressful for little ones who see clips in passing or on social media, but don’t understand what they’re seeing and why.

According to KidsHealth, most kids realize the news is real by the time they are 7 or 8 years old. Before that, they may not be able to differentiate the difference between what’s fact and what’s fantasy.

If you’re looking for help talking to your kids about the news, scroll down for a list of articles and resources that can help guide your discussion.

National Geographic: How to Talk to your Kids About the Chaos at the Capitol

NPR: What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary

KidsHealth: How to Talk to Your Child About the News

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