Telling your children about what happened in Conn.

Published On: Dec 14 2012 10:19:16 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 14 2012 11:56:34 PM EST
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

Maggie Sessoms of Clermont said she is not watching the news when her children are around.

"If it doesn't effect them, and they don't hear about it, then I'd rather them just have their innocence and not have to worry about it," she said.

Experts say it's better not to overexpose younger children to tragedies like this morning's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"If it's an older child, I think it's important that we do at least acknowledge it for them, and leave the platform open for discussion," said Dr. Andrew Pittington.

Experts also encourage parents to keep their kids active.

"By keeping their routines in place, keeping normalcy in place, they feel a sense of comfort from that," he said.

Lisa Mcintosh says she plans on talking to her 11 and 13-year-old, but trying to focus on the good, like the heroic teachers who helped comfort students, in the midst of chaos and uncertainty.

"There are evil people in the world, and sometimes things like this happen, but the majority of the people are good, and I try to tell them about the people that had helped other people," she said.