An airplane crashed in the country of Ukraine on Thursday. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 left Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was headed east toward Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It went down as it got close to the border between Ukraine and Russia, near Torez, Ukraine. There were 298 people on board.
Unfortunately, tragedies occur often and your child may be upset by the news. That is okay! Stories in the news can make a child feel sad, angry, or scared. No matter what they are feeling, let your child know that feelings are okay!
The reason a story is in the news is because it is unusual. The events in the news do not happen very often. So, if a story is upsetting, remember children that it is very unlikely that it can happen near them.
The News-O-Matic team has talked to experts about these upsetting feelings. The experts shared the following tips:
Talk to your parents. Tell them if you are worried or upset. Ask them any questions you may have. Moms and dads have a special way to make you feel better.
Talk to your friends. You may learn that other people your age have the same feelings.
Talk to your teachers. Your teacher may want to talk about the story in a class. A class discussion may also help your classmates.
Draw a picture. You can use the drawing tool in the News Room. You can also use pencil and paper. Drawing a picture can help you let go of upset feelings.
Write a story. Write about how you feel. Write any questions you may have. You can keep your story private, or you can read it to someone.
Get the facts. Wrong information can spread upset feelings. News-O-Matic will always tell you the facts of a news story. Ask an adult if you want to know more facts.
Play or exercise. Playing can help you calm down. Go for a run or ride a bike. Blow bubbles.
Read some good news. Read a happy story or a book you love. Balance an upsetting news article with a happy story.
Do something to help! People often work together to help after a tragedy. Tap the “Act” button in an article or ask an adult to see how you can help.
All of the tips were given by News-O-Matic’s child psychologist, Phyllis Ohr.