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Listen: Talking To Kids About Violence In the News

In this 'But Why' episode - originally released in June 2016 - we look at how to talk to kids about violence in the news.

When there's mass violence in the news, it can be really hard to know how to speak to your children about what is going on. But Why spoke with a child psychologist about how to approach these difficult conversations with kids.

Dr. Robin Gurwitch is a child psychologist at the Duke University Medical Center, and she has served on numerous commissions and committees about children and trauma, including the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters.

We first released this episode in 2016 following the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in 2017, we re-released this special episode for parents.


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Melody is the Contributing Editor for But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids and the co-author of two But Why books with Jane Lindholm.
Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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