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Child clinical psychologist Gretchen Scheidel says part of the problem is that kids don’t know what to believe when they hear it on the news. Child clinical psychologist Gretchen Scheidel says part of the problem is that kids don’t know what to believe when they hear it on the news.
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Many kids in the area don't know the facts about Ebola.

“We hear the big stories,” Lewis and Clark High School Senior Sydney Underwood said on Thursday. “No one is informing us about what we should do, so it's hard to know what to do.”

Sydney says many students treat Ebola like a joke, but some are concerned, mainly because they don't know much about it.

“I feel like we're in the dark,” she said.

Child clinical psychologist Gretchen Scheidel says part of the problem is that kids don't know what to believe when they hear it on the news.

“It's important to validate the child's fear and say it's okay to fear what's happening,” Dr. Scheidel said.

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"Really staying calm as a parent will alleviate. Providing facts too so they're not in the dark are two of the most helpful things," Scheidel said.

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