Helping kids cope with the tragedy in Las Vegas

Tragic images and videos still coming out of Las Vegas are unthinkable and heartbreaking to all of us, but for children they can be even more traumatizing.

"When a sudden traumatic event occurs, it's unsettling for everybody," Psychologist at Ozark School District Dr. Allicia Baum said.

Dr. Baum says that's why parents should monitor what their young child is seeing and hearing.

"For pre-school, we want to limit their exposure. So, just starting at that age groups, anything we can do to keep them from seeing what's going on that's the best protection for them because of how they process scary things," Dr. Baum said.

However, as kids get older, Dr. Baum says its less about shielding and more about explaining.

"The likelihood of them at least knowing it, is pretty high," Dr. Baum said. "It's really about making sure that your elementary students know that you are approachable for any questions they may have."

Other experts, like those at Lost and Found Grief Center agree that communication is key.

"I think it's appropriate to answer questions in an age appropriate manner," Program Coordinator Nannette Thomas said.

Thomas encourages parents to also help kids to see the good in the midst of tragedy.

"As they see those images, also focus on all of the helpers. I mean, we have seen so many heroic stories just from this awful instance where people are coming in and helping," Thomas said.

Dr. Baum says while teachers aren't bringing up the tragedy during class time, parents should feel welcome to let their child's teacher know if their student is having trouble coping.

There also counselors available at Ozarks school for students who need to talk.