Mass shootings raise further questions about child safety

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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – In light of the recent mass shooting in Texas, parents are concerned for their children’s safety.

KTNV’s Tricia Kean spoke to parent and psychiatrist Dr. Nevada Mental Health’s Sid Khurana on speaking to minors about the recent mass shootings and family concerns.

Khurana says children can be influenced by their parents’ behavior.

“It’s a mental health crisis for the safety of our children and when we speak to our children, we really need to take care of ourselves first. Children perceive and they see what mom and dad are going through. So moms and dads out there, get yourself a drink of water, take a deep breath, collect yourself and then go talk to your kids. They take care of you and watch you,” Khurana said. “And next, you need to reassure them and tell them about all the activities that the community is doing to keep schools, communities and neighborhoods safe.”

Discussing recent events with minors is not easy as the subject is difficult for everyone.

“First of all, I am sorry for the loss of the children and my heart goes out to the parents who have experienced this loss. I’m a father of two children under the age of seven, eight years old myself,” said Khurana. “It’s extremely difficult to answer your question if it’s not easy because it’s no longer a one-off random thing that happens every now and then. It’s become quite common now: school shootings, school violence, gun violence is an extreme problem.”

Khurana encourages parents to question school policies, especially those related to guns.

“Completely understandable. And I think every parent has to make a choice. And I think discussions with the school about what efforts schools have made to keep children safe and what their policies are on guns and guns? And also what the parents have to do is take care of their own children, keep an eye on them.” Khurana said. “Is there a change [parents] watch in them? Are they sadder, more afraid? Is there a change in their behavior, their routine? Those are sometimes very, very important things to keep an eye on.”

If your family needs help dealing with this situation, you should speak to a trusted advisor or seek professional help.

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