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ER physician Dr. Travis Stark shares an unsettling rhyme to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” that teaches kindergarteners about what to do during a school lockdown with an active shooter.
Psychotherapist Dr. Mike Dow shares his thoughts on teaching children this and echoes Dr. Travis in the sentiment that “This is the world we live in.” He says that if the drill is done in an age-appropriate way, and although he finds using “Twinkle Twinkle” mind-boggling, he thinks a drill like this similar to a fire or tornado drill, is an okay way to teach children.
Dr. Travis shares that 70% of schools do now have some sort of drill like this in place. He asks Dr. Dow if he thinks the benefits outweigh the risk of giving some children anxiety. Dr. Dow says if done once or twice a year, he does think so.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry asks if it’s a good idea for parents to discuss these events with their children at home and Dr. Dow says “Absolutely.” He shares that after 9/11, there was research to show that people had PTSD and PTSD-like symptoms just from watching coverage of the events over and over again. He says not to allow your children to watch the news repeatedly because that could lead to an anxiety disorder. But, it’s important to talk to your children about these tragedies without bombarding them with images.