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Doctors offers advice for talking to children about attack

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Doctors are offering advice to help parents talk to their children about what happened at Boston Marathon on Monday.

Two bombs exploded seconds apart along the crowded street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon killing at least three people and injuring 183 people.

There are so many powerful images coming out of Boston after the bombing at the marathon. Many of them are graphic, and horrific.

Child psychologist, Dr. Jonathan Craig Allen told Eyewitness News these images can be particularly disturbing to children.

"Kids can have all kinds of frightening ideas and they can personalize them the things that are going on, so the concern is that you create a trauma," he said. "You can create a post traumatic stress disorder."

Allen said parents should limit what their kids see on television and talk to them about what happened.

"When you're talking to kids you want to make sure you're using their language, at their level you don't want to be talking to first grader about whether or not this is a terrorist attack," he said. "That's something an adolescent would want to know. A First grader may just want to know am I going to be hurt?"

Another tip being offered by Allen is for parents to focus on the positive.

"One of the important things I think to weave into the conversations is the good. There was heroism," he said. "There were the first responders and the people, who weren't first responders, but came right away."

Allen Told Eyewitness News parents should watch out for signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress such as change of appetite or mood, loss of interest and changes in sleep patterns.

Parents should also understand and talk to someone about their own feelings after the bombings because a parents' mood will have an impact on their children.

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