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NSPCC provides advice on talking about terrorism with children following recent attacks in Spain

The UK's leading children's charity is advising parents to listen and reassure children, keeping explanations as simple as possible

Following the recent terror attacks in Spain , the NSPCC has shared advice on how parents can talk to children about terrorism .

Thirteen people have been confirmed dead following an attack in Barcelona , with a further attack in the town of Cambrils leaving one dead.

A spokesman from the NSPCC said: "Our thoughts are with the victims and families of those who have been affected by the atrocious terror attack in Barcelona.

"Many children and teenagers will feel frightened or sad in light of this news and we would urge them to talk to a trusted adult, be it a parent, teacher or Childline."

There are a number of ways you can reassure a child

The UK'S leading children's charity has the following pointers which parents can follow when talking to children:

  • Listen to a child's fears and worries, offer reassurance and comfort to them.
  • Reassure them that there are many of adults who work very hard every day to keep everyone safe.
  • Keep it simple: avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could leave them more frightened and confused.
  • Tell them that shocking events are not everyday occurrences.
  • Highlight and praise the acts of kindness following a tragedy, such as people offering their homes, food and time to help, or strangers attending a vigil.
  • Understand your child might not be ready to talk about it straight away but tell them you will be there should they ever want to speak about it.
  • Help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings.

Children can contact Childline free and confidentially 24 hours a day seven days a week by calling 0800 1111 or heading to the website .

Adults who are worried about how a child in the aftermath of a terrorist incident can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 24 hours a day or head to the website for help and support.

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