SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- While the movie massacre is making a ripple affect across the world with scaled back premieres and banning costumes at some theaters, we can't forget about our children who are also watching these events unfold.

The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado can be confusing to children.
Child experts say this is the time to talk to your children. What you say, can depend on their age. But, it is apparent that children are reacting to this senseless act.

With heavy hearts, 12-year-old Dario Maldonado, his 15 year old brother, and cousins along with mom all came to see the new Batman movie.

"It was heartbreaking to see so many families lost their loved ones. I was kind of afraid there was going to be another shooting. But I felt kind of safe that they were taking more precautions to keep movie theaters safer."

Professor William Lawson is the Psychiatry Department Chairman at Howard University. He spoke with 9newsnow Friday night.

"This is an excellent opportunity for parents to dialogue with kids. We try to protect them but unfortunately bad things do happen."

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