Dr. Phil's Advice: Dealing With Tragedy - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Dr. Phil's Advice: Dealing With Tragedy

Posted: Updated:

The doctor is in time for some advice from Dr. Phil. Today he's got some tips on how to talk to young people about tragedy or violence.

Reassure your child about his or her safety. Answer their questions honestly. Hug your child to provide comfort. When you talk, use your normal voice. A whispery voice makes it scarier.

Limit media exposure for very young children. Dr. Phil says they don't have an ability to truly understand death and violence.

Encourage older children to tell authorities when they suspect something bad, remind them telling is not tattling. The good doctor says carrying out your normal routines reinforces the fact that the incident is isolated and your child is safe.

For more advice from Dr. Phil, catch him every weekday at 3 p.m. on News 9 starting on Monday.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.


Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.


See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.


Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.