The BBC's Newsround Gives Advice to Kids On Terrorism In The Best Possible Way

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Terrorist attacks will always be horrifying. No matter how many times they occur, you will never not be shocked. But what makes Monday's bombing, at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, even harder to get your head around is that it was directly aimed at kids.

Which is why people have been praising Newsround, the BBC's news show for children, for their coverage of the incident.

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Their mission was to provide 'honest reassurance' to children and teens confused by the violence, but not sugarcoat anything.

The programme didn't show graphic images, instead choosing to use illustrations and animations to show what happened at the attack.

'We use a lot of animation work in order to be able to show those concepts without showing the full horror of what they are to children, in order so they can understand the context but not be disturbed by it,' Lewis James, Newsround's editor, told BuzzFeed.

As well as it's usual new bulletins, the show (aimed at 6 to 13 year-olds) has been sharing short round-up video clips explaining the event on social media, which have been retweeted thousands of times.

'…we can say to them: "Yes, this is horrific, it is absolutely horrific, but it is outside the norm. This is unusual. The reason it is in the news is because it is an unusual event and that something like is very unlikely to happen to you or someone that you know,"' explains James.

James hopes the articles also encourage kids to talk about what they've experienced with others: 'speak to someone you trust – a parent, a teacher – help to verbalise your fears and hopefully that can become the beginning of the process for processing what has happened.'

Fully formed adult and still feeling like you need consolation? Newsround's got your back.

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