Many questions still remain several days after the theater shooting in Aurora. And now, children are becoming curious.
The question most parents are facing: Is it appropriate to talk to them about this tragedy? Local parenting experts say if you don't, you risk making things even worse.
"They're going to come up with their own conclusions," Sonda Dalton with Grand Junction's Parenting Place of Western Colorado said. "If they don't learn it from you, they're going to learn it from their friends. They're going to learn it from all the media, from internet, from YouTube."
The shooting at Friday's midnight showing of "The Dark Night Rises" in Aurora killed 12 people and injured 58 others. Thousands of moviegoers across the country are also on edge.
"My little girl, she started crying and she said, "Mommy, you can't go because what if you get shot or get gassed,'" one woman attending a showing at Grand Junction's Regal Cinema 14 said Friday.
Her child had learned just hours after the shooting happened. And Dalton says the danger with that is young kids may not fully understand what is going on. "They don't understand that when they keep seeing it that it's not happening over and over and over," she said of the media coverage.
Dalton says during a time of violence such as this, it may be beneficial to shield your kids from violence on TV, in video games and in person. And she says different information about this incident is appropriate for different age groups.
"You should leave them with hope," she advised. "Let them know that there are a lot more people that do good in this world than do bad."
The Parenting Place of Western Colorado opened about a year and a half ago, according to Dalton. It specializes in parent education classes and infant play groups.