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How to talk to your children about terror attacks

First News editor Nicky Cox joined us this morning to give her advice for parents who are struggling to explain the Westminster attack to their children. In the video above, Nicky advises to put the attack into perspective and to concentrate on the heroes.

Here are a few things to do to help your children understand:

  1. Don't try to turn off the news when there is bad news. Sadly, in the technological world in which we live, adults are no longer in control of how children access information. News comes to us 24 hours a day from dedicated news channels, radio, the internet, and newspaper headlines. Even if you manage to shield your children from all of that, things happen in the news will be talked about in the school playground or lunch hall. Better that your child is armed with the real facts than hearing exaggerated, second or third-hand versions. Information is better than misinformation.

  2. Even if your child doesn't mention bad news, don't assume they are not troubled by it. They may be worrying quietly inside. Explain simply what has happened, taking care not to use sensationalised words that tend to be used by the national press.

Piers Morgan's mouthiest moments

It feels a bit quiet today, what with Piers Morgan officially gagged for Comic Relief.

That means no talking, no writing articles and certainly no tweeting.

It feels strange having an hour pass without a new opinion of Piers' bestowed upon us... so we decided to take a look back at some times when he REALLY made sure his voice was heard.

When he challenged Mason Noise's ego...

Do you think the ego’s writing cheques the body’s maybe not quite able to cash?

– Piers Morgan asks the questions others might be thinking

X Factor contestant Mason Noise made headlines with his fiery behaviour towards judges when he was evicted - but it was nothing compared to what he faced in Piers when he went on Good Morning Britain the next day!

When he took on a trophy hunting schoolgirl...

How would you feel if I came to your house one day and I hunted down your pet cat and I killed it and then posted pictures of me celebrating the slaughter of your pet cat?

– Piers Morgan poses a rather difficult question

Emotional Zeebrugge disaster survivors reunited live on the show

Two survivors from the Zeebrugge ferry disaster were reunited today on Good Morning Britain after 30 years.

Gillian Lashbrooke joined us on the anniversary of the ferry disaster earlier this month and spoke about a woman and young girl who she had been in the water after the ferry capsized.

Gillian, aged 16 at the time, was rescued by emergency services who she told about the woman and girl, but as she didn’t know their names and never knew what happened to them.

But a GMB viewer watching the programme on 6 March thought the young girl sounded like a member of their family, called Lisa Ladybird, and got in touch with the programme.

And today Lisa and Gillian were reunited live on the programme.

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall defends calling radical Islam a cancer in our society

Are we going to pretend that radical Islam is not a cancer? Are we going to pretend it’s not a problem? Because it is.

– Paul Nuttall - UKIP leader

This morning we were joined by UKIP leader Paul Nuttall and parliamentary adviser on communities Hayyan Bhabha, to discuss Nuttall's controversial comments on extremism.

The MEP criticised people who claim incidents such as the Westminster attack have nothing to do with Islam. He was quoted as saying: "Muslim communities must do far more to cut this cancer out of their midst. We need a more rigorous and assertive official approach on this."

Today's headlines: Updates on the Westminster attack

  1. A 75-year-old man has become the fourth innocent victim to die following the horrifying terror attack in Westminster. He died after life support was withdrawn at King's College Hospital on Thursday night. His family is receiving support from specially-trained liaison officers, Scotland Yard said.

  2. Other victims have been named as Pc Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran and Aysha Frade. Kurt Cochran, a US tourist from Utah celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary. His wife Melissa was badly injured. They were visiting her parents, who are working as Mormon missionaries in London. Aysha Frade, was a 'highly regarded and loved' member of college staff. She worked in administration at independent sixth-form school DLD College London, in Westminster, is understood to have been 43 and married with two daughters.

  3. The attacker has now been named as British born Khalid Masood. The Kent-born 'lone-wolf' attacker, who was living in the Birmingham area, has a series of convictions for assault and other crimes but police insist there was no intelligence suggesting he was about to unleash a terror attack. The Islamic State has claimed the killer was one of its 'soldiers'. Reports said he was a married English teacher and a religious convert who was into bodybuilding. It is believed he lived in the Winson Green area of Birmingham, where neighbours claimed he lived with a woman and a young child. Neighbours said he was 'well spoken'.

  4. Theresa May has visited victims and staff at hospital yesterday, it was a private visit and she spent 40 minutes there. Forty people were injured in the attack, with 29 treated in hospital. Five people remained in a critical condition on Thursday evening, two with life-threatening injuries. The casualties included 12 Britons, three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, two Greeks, and one each from Germany, Poland, Ireland, China, Italy and the United States.

  5. A minute's silence was held nationwide on Thursday and crowds later gathered in Trafalgar Square for a candlelit vigil. A Just Giving page for Pc Keith Palmer's family set up by the Metropolitan Police Federation reached it's £250,000 target, just ten hours after it was launched. It was already above £358,000 last night. Three other police officers were also hurt, two of them seriously.

MP Chris Bryant calls for PC Keith Palmer to get George Medal

He was always one of the friendliest

– MP Chris Bryant

An MP who was locked inside Parliament during the attack on Westminster has told Good Morning Britain that the police officer who was killed should receive a posthumous George Medal.

Chris Bryant, who was voting on the pensions bill alongside his peers, said he was locked in for "several hours" and that there were terrified children and "frail" elderly people who waited inside as the atrocities unfolded.

'They'll never win': Piers Morgan says Britain will be 'fine' in face of attack

We'll be fine. This is just one lunatic in a car who wanted to change our lives. He will not succeed.

– Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan took a moment during today's show to reflect on how he thinks the nation should be feeling in the the aftermath of yesterday's attack in Westminster, in which three people were killed and the assailant shot dead by police.

Our presenter stressed that our focus should not be on the perpetrator but instead on the "heroes", including slain PC Keith Palmer and MP Tobias Ellwood, who risked his own safety to try and save the police officer's life.

"We have to stand firm," Piers said. "I've read a few people today who are saying it's the end, we're giving up, we've surrendered, it's the new normal. No, it's not. And no, we haven't."

Watch the moment above.

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