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Talking to your children about the Japan earthquake

Given the powerful media images still emerging from yesterday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, there’s a good chance your children are asking plenty of questions and harboring some very real fears about whether or not the same thing could happen in your hometown.

Large scale natural disasters—and the following media coverage—can be very scary for children. To help children process information about them, Nadja Reilly, PhD, a psychologist in Children’s Hospital Boston’s department of Psychiatry, suggests parents turn off the TV and talk to their children in order to combat feelings of helplessness.

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