Of course, younger children shouldn't be exposed to any more of this in the news than is possible. What about teenagers? older adolescents? You can't usually shield them from the news that is out there. With social media they are exposed as soon as we are. They know before they ever get home! Since we don't even know where this attack came from, we can't assure them that there won't be any more.
Older teenagers are also affect by these events, sometimes more than parents know. Here is the text I received from my son yesterday. He has baseball after school so this was early evening.
Son: Did you hear about the bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon?
Mom: Yes, they don't know who is responsible. (Trying to deflect the thought of mass terrorism!)
Son What is this world coming too?
Mom: Bad things have always happened. We just hear about them quicker and they have access to things that do more destruction. (Saying the world is just as safe as it was yesterday)
Son: Yeah true but people are messed up doing this kinda stuff.
Mom: Oh yes they are. Just remember that we love you. We'll be leaving to head home soon. Grandma was a little bit more aware today, but they wanted to move her so they gave her more medicine and she is out now. ( Yes, the people who commit this kind of act are messed up, but you have people who still love you and you have a stable atmosphere.)
Son: Love you too! Okay see you when you get home!
So many of our connections are through text and not voice anymore. We were at the hospital with my husband's mother so we couldn't really talk to him on the phone. I didn't want her exposed to what is going on. It would have been upsetting to her. She spends so much time watching TV anymore, and these kind of reports stress her out too!! This was just a parent trying to reassure her child. He is an adult now at the age of 18, but he is still in school and he is still affected by this as we all are.
I have been doing research for my family history for a while now and reading newspapers. I have been putting newspapers on a blog for a few months. Those papers are from 1897 and 1919.
The biggest surprise that I found was that there were bad things going on at that time. I always thought those were the "good old days", but it seems the "good old days" had their share of bad things going on. Of course, we have many more people and access to more advanced weapons, but the people really haven't changed as much as we think. They even had drug problems back then!! Terrorism seems to be a new problem.
If you are interested in reading some of the news reports they are at Indiana News From the Past. They are obituaries mainly, but they are very open about the causes of death. Apparently, they could say anything they wanted in the newspaper back then.