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How to talk to your kids about Jayme Closs

Posted: 11:22 AM, Oct 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-25 12:22:28-04

A local psychologist says the news of Jayme’s disappearance might lead to anxiety in children.

Dr. Frank Cummings at Psychology Associates of the Fox Cities in Menasha says a sense of security is the number one thing children need. So, when they hear the Amber Alert alarm on TV, or see video of the search for Jayme, it can cause them to worry for their own safety.

Some signs to look for that your kids are struggling include: children clinging to parents, acting withdrawn, or wanting to connect more with friends. Dr. Cummings says, with the Closs case in the news every day, be prepared to address your kids' concerns.

“We live in a fallen world, and that bad things do happen even to good people, in this case we don't know much about what happens, we can pray our thoughts go out to the family and friends of this young girl,” Dr. Cummings explains.

To ease your child's concerns, Dr. Cummings suggests creating a safety plan, such as leaving the lights on, locking doors and developing a code word kids can use if they're in danger.

He says sending a letter of support to the Barron Community could also make children feel they're have better control of the situation. He says when it comes to traumatic events, children are resilient, and most will not have any negative lasting effects.