JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Florida vacation is just what Boston native Leila Linn and her family needed. The timing for her children's sake was prefect.
"We were preparing to come to Florida with my kids and they said 'Leila turn the news on, there's been a terrorist act.'"
She said she hasn't talked to her young kids about what happened in their hometown yet.
They've avoided TV news because of the horrible reality of the deaths and injuries involved, a young child, 8 years old, one of the 3 who were killed.
"People had limbs removed, didn't see much on TV, just so sad."
By coming to Jacksonville on vacation and avoiding over exposure, she's doing exactly what experts suggest when it comes to talking with young kids.
They say parents need to control the message, so screen time -- TV, computers, cell phones -- needs to be limited.
There's also the grim reality of the injuries that children will wonder about.
Therapists say it's best to tell kids how doctors can save these victims. And that they'll be able to live perfectly happy lives after they've recovered from their injuries.
Finally, experts say when you do decide to show kids footage from the bombing, point out all the heroes running in and helping the victims.
They say it's helpful to point out how many good people there are acting in the face of such an evil event.
These are all things Leila says she's juggling when she finally decides it's time to talk to her kids.
"Of course, and I also have a 7 year old son here, they're going to see it in the news, hear about it in school. We just have to figure out what we're going to say so we're not living in fear."
First Coast News