Expert's advice on discussing shooting tragedy with children

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As parents in the area try to reassure their children after the school tragedy in Connecticut, Eyewitness News went to a local counselor for some advice.

Experts said be cautious about how much coverage your children watch on television.

Also, don't force them to talk about it. They will let you know if and when they're ready to discuss it.

If they ask you "why" someone would do this, be honest and genuine.

"I would probably say that person was very sick and I don't know why someone would do that," said Phyllis Post with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's department of counseling.

Post said make sure conversations with children are age-appropriate.

Keep their normal routine and reassure them that you will do everything you can to make sure they are safe.