In the wake of several distressing news stories recently the Guardian has published an article discussing how to break bad news to children and if adults should even be talking to young people about world events.
Child and adolescent psychotherapist Hilary Ann Salinger provides the expert opinion advising readers that "the important thing is to talk about it in a way that doesn't feed into the hysteria".
She says that if the news is something that children may hear from someone else, parents may decide to get in there first, either by "making it possible for children to hear/see the news" or telling them about it first.
She warns however that by sitting them down formally it "does make it more of an issue" but the most important thing for all children, even teenagers, is that they need to know their parents will keep them safe.
You can read the article in full here