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For Parents

How to talk to your kids about the violence in Charlottesville

 (Win McNamee / Getty Images)
(Win McNamee / Getty Images)

As violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, with three killed and dozens injured around one of the largest white nationalist rallies in a decade, TV screens and news feeds across America were filled with images of chaos and terror.

While politicians including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Sen. Dianne Feinstein reacted by condemning the attacks, calling for “hope and prayers for peace” and reminders that “violent acts of hate and bigotry have no place in America,” parents seeing the news were faced with a dilemma that’s becoming an increasing concern for American families: whether, and how, to talk about violence and racism with their children.

Mental health experts and parents discussed their experiences Saturday, and shared advice for talking to children about the violence in Charlottesville. Here are their tips:

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