Talking to your children about the massacre in Orlando

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The massacre in Orlando has left many feeling fearful or hopeless, and that can include children. (WPVI)

The massacre in Orlando has left many feeling fearful or hopeless, and that can include children.

Psychologist Elizabeth Gosch of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine says parents shouldn't mention the attack to children under 5, unless they bring it up.

For kids over 5, parents should discuss it, but do it in simple terms with no graphic details.

She also suggests to do it calmly, re-assuring kids they are safe and loved.

Teens may get graphic details on social media, so Dr. Gosch says they need balance.

"Such as people helping other people, people caring about what happened, people trying to make the world a safer place, so that these kinds of things don't happen, and how they can become involved in that," she said.

Gosch says the flood of blood donors in Orlando is one example to show that good can come out of this.

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