Parents should talk with their kids about the death of Osama Bin Laden but should also shield them from the graphic and gory images that might be released by the government in the next few days, writes Richard Rende, an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior (research) in a guest blog on “Take the lead in introducing the news, even if you have a young child (3 or 4 years old), since it will be difficult shielding kids from the conversation,” he said. “Explain the complicated emotions surrounding the event. It’s possible your child will hear or see people expressing a mix of joy, pride, and relief. With older kids, discuss concepts like justice; with younger kids, introduce the idea that people feel pride when guardians who protect us (such as police offers, firefighters, and soldiers) prevent others from harming us. Remember that almost everything out there is pitched for adults. Be a watchdog and control the level of information your child receives.”

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