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05/22/03

Kids Coping with Terror

The heightened terror alert is expected to keep people closer to home this holiday weekend. The White House moved the national alert level up from yellow to orange, which is high, on Tuesday following increased intelligence of a possible attack in the US. Travel agents say the increased alert is not really affecting the number of people who will travel, but it is affecting how far they plan to travel.

What about your kids? They hear all about the threat level. Factor in recent murders in Savannah, and it can be scary for them. This morning, Savannah's East Broad Elementary tried to help. Kids had a chance to talk to community leaders and the school's STAR program. That stands for "student transition and recovery." The topic was the war in Iraq and violence on the streets. They say it's important to reassure kids they're safe and they have adults they can talk to.

"A lot of them are fearful," said SFC  Victoria Williams of the STAR program. "They're afraid to go outside. Some of them talk about it, but others don't. What we need to do is find those because it affects them a whole lot more if they suppress it and hold it in."

The best advice is to take the time to talk to your kids, especially as a family over dinner or even while watching TV. And make sure you let them know you care about them.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com

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