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Straight Talk with Kids About War

Straight Talk with Kids About War

Much of PBS's online guide advocates deceiving children by assuming that justification for the U.S. invasion of Iraq is more important than honest, albeit troubling, answers.

Consider the following exchange:

If your child asks, "Will children be killed?"

 

The answer depends on the age of the child. I would say to young children, "Soldiers and people who fight this war don't want to hurt children." I don't think young children need to know about casualties. Elementary school children who may have heard it on the news sometimes need an explanation like "Kids can be wounded or hurt."

- Betsy Groves, LICSW, Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Medical School.

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