Explaining what being held Hostage is to my child from a TV program

Erin - posted on 12/17/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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Recently my 8 year old son saw something on TV (I think it was not the news itself but based off of a real story a few years back on some channel) where a woman was held hostage for a few days. He had a lot of follow up questions including what is held hostage? We all know what that is, but how would you put it in the context so an 8 year old understands it?

I think he felt scared for her, asking why they tied her up and gagged her and why someone would do this in general to another person. How do you bring it down to his level without necessarily scaring him but also telling the truth.

Again I don't remember what the program was (connected to my other thread of monitoring TV).

Thanks

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