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Speak Your Mind: Questions in Tragedy

So…this week sucks, doesn’t it? I’m writing this on Monday night, but I can’t believe a week would turn around by Wednesday after what happened in Boston. It seemed to have been a fairly comprehensive attack of some kind, but as of this writing, we don’t really know anything.

Our lack of information can be a bit of a problem. Not just because we want to know what’s going on, but because information helps explain events to others. It’s easier to have a definite answer to the why question. That said, there are rarely easy answers to questions violent acts like this dredge up. Adults across the country are wondering how the heck they are supposed to explain this tragedy to their children.

There is a continuum of what information may be appropriate for different ages. But instead of waiting to see what Conventional Wisdom ™ says about what young people should know about tragedy, I want to know what you want to know.

What questions do you have about the recent bombings? Has anyone in your life tried to answer them? If you’ve answered questions from young people, how did you handle it? How did you decide how much information is too much? And, most importantly, are all of you OK?

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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

1 Comment

  1. April 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm —

    In order 1. I’m still not satisfied with the explanation about the JFK Library. 2. No, that’s what we have an FBI for. 3. I haven’t had to but I used to teach little kids. I’d probably explain it to them in terms of the helpers and what to do in an emergency than ‘terrorism’. 4. TV’s been off since it happened. When things like this happen I almost exclusively go to print news. I don’t need second by second updates on an investigation that may last years.

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