Fascinating reading for parents of children who tend to dwell on the negative. This tendency to focus on life's dark side is instinctive, I think. Mulling over and parsing terrible occurrences gives us a sense that we can avoid something similar from happening to us. Some of us mull and parse more than others.
As the parents of a cautious child who is easily spooked, we limit the amount of distressing information that comes into the 500Jerk household. Although some would argue that it's important to discuss hard issues with children, sheltering this child is the right thing, right now.
Your parenting thoughts?