Talking to Your Child About the Aurora Tragedy

The unthinkable happened in Aurora, Colorado, in the early morning hours of July 20. This is a tragedy that may have hit closer to home for children, as it involved a movie (The Dark Knight Rises) that many of them planned to see. It’s a movie based on a beloved comic-book character, one devoted to stopping the sort of madness that took place in real life. (“No guns,” Batman says to Catwoman in the film. Indeed, the superhero swore off firearms in the comic books in 1939.)

Depending on your children's age, the PG-13 film may not be appropriate for them regardless. It certainly deals with some dark themes and contains disturbing violence and destruction.

Whether your children have seen the movie yet or not, they may have questions about the violence that took place in Aurora. They may have new fears; they may have misconceptions. You can help so much by simply having a conversation and answering questions. You’re the best judge of which specific details you feel your child can handle. However, there are discussion topics that can apply to dealing with any tragedy, be it local, national, or international. We asked Matthew Sable, a professional counselor who specializes in children and adolescents, for some pointers on beginning such a dialogue. 

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Maggie Hames is the Editor-In-Chief of Media Darlings, a blog that features reviews of all types of kid's media and events, including cinema, tv, apps, books, and music. 


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