During this sad and troubled time adults often, when they are fearful or have sad feelings" tighten "up on their practices with young children. With the current killings in Las Vegas, adults need to be aware that young children need to feel safe and secure. How does that happen?
We need to remind parents/guardians that children should not be watching all of the news and reviews that are on various media forms
Children will be acting out pretend gun play, shootings, pretending to die (this is normal and should be allowed) Remember this is their way of dealing with what they have seen.
Hospital play will probably increase. It is what they do to make the world safer for them.
Allow children to talk about their fears and remind them, "your job is to make them feel safe" "what can I do to help you feel safer?"
Children are egocentric in thought - they believe that someone will hurt them, someone will kill them, it is all about them. Talking about there thoughts is more important then talking about your thoughts.
Keep their life as consistent as possible.
Keep your discussion and thoughts away from children.