Paris attacks leave parents, schools with tough questions

FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, file photo, a man holds a child in his arms outside of the French embassy in Mexico City during a vigil for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris. After the France terror attacks, schools and parents around the world are grappling with what to say to children, and how to say it. From country to country, the topic was tackled in different ways. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

BOSTON (AP) — After the deadly attacks in France, schools and parents around the world are grappling with what to say to children, and how to say it.

When classes resumed Monday, many schools held moments of silence for the hundreds of people killed or injured in Paris. Some teachers tried to help students make sense of the violence, asked them to talk about their feelings or linked the attacks to lessons in history and politics.

Experts say parents should avoid sharing the news with children younger than 6. For older children, parents should watch the news together and dispel misconceptions while avoid passing their own anxiety on to their children.

Schools in Toronto were given guidelines. And, in Italy, they were urged to have a moment of silence and an hour of reflection.

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