Maybe he was upset because it was children and that made it more real than chucky and pennywise perhaps (my kids are the same – into horror type things like zombies, vampires etc).
In these situations I always try to point out the people doing good, the people helping the victims, and show my girls that there are always people to help and that they are kind and caring people.
i think this one was particularly traumatic because there were so many children killed and talked about in the media that the kids make that connection especially if they are the same age or know someone the same age, I think that is when it resonates with kids and they might start to think about the fact that it could have been them.
I hope your 7 year old becomes comfortable to talk to you when he feels up to it so he isn’t scared. Maybe a quiet word to his teacher to let him/her know that he is feeling sad by what happened and is thinking about it so the teacher can keep an eye on him at school.
Published 16th July 2019