Tips for talking to kids about tragedies

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  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    April 16, 2013 8:31 a.m.


    While I agree that people should limit exposure to violence, there are many countries where people view and play the same games and movies without the incidence of violence exhibited in our country. Perpetrators can be copy cats of others' violent acts. They can be victims of bullying. They can be extremists---holding rigid extreme idealogical viewpoints--"holy warriors," in their minds, fighting against an enemy to their viewpoints. These extremists can be fed by media sources which engage in lying, demonization and fear mongering--ramping up the paranoia.

    I am appalled sometimes at the things i hear from otherwise reasonable senior citizens these days. Just yesterday as i was leaving the church, talking to a couple, I mentioned a family member was having hip replacement surgey today. They told me that Obama wants to stop chemotherapy for people over the age of 65, and that he didn't want his own grandmother to have hip surgery after she broke her hip! Seriously, where are people hearing this junk?

    DN should stop the constant "us" against "them" articles as can be seen in the daily "religion under attack." Hope, peace, love, looking for common ground should be the message.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 16, 2013 6:36 a.m.

    "Indeed, no reasonable person can deny that violent incidents are increasing in society as movies become more violent and sexually explicit."

    Lets say, for the sake of discussion, that you are correct.

    What do you propose?

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    April 16, 2013 6:15 a.m.

    I sympathize with all the family members of the victims. I don't understand the sensationalized news, not the heart ache. I am more concerned about my wife and kids if I die than me dieing.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    April 15, 2013 11:10 p.m.

    Terrorists goals are often revenge, response (provoke a reponse) and fame. The news coverage amply supplies the attention and fame these seekers want. I wish these tragic events could be covered in a way that denies the perps the attention. For example, not posting any pictures showing their faces, certainly not showing any manifestos or video messages they made (Virginia Tech). The major news networks, cable channels and newspapers should evaluate how they cover these tragic events.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    April 15, 2013 9:53 p.m.

    It will not take long for modern Hollywood to produce films that glorify those responsible for this violent and senseless action. Indeed, no reasonable person can deny that violent incidents are increasing in society as movies become more violent and sexually explicit. It is time for the masses to realize that they cannot have both a peaceful society and violent entertainment at the same time. How many more innocent people must die before the public finally turns its back on violent trash such as Django Unchained?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    April 15, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    Mr. Rogers was a true American hero.

  • Snake Man Holladay, UT
    Dec. 30, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    Thank you, Mr. Sherman, for helping to put this tragedy in the most positive light possible. Gandhi's quote was especially applicable.

    The news media glamorizes tragedy and glorifies perpetrators, making the world seem like a very dangerous place. Your article puts these events into their true and proper perspective.