Soledad O’Brien brought her girls — Cecelia, 8, and Sofia, 9½ — to the Seventh Annual Wayuu Taya Foundation Gala, held Thursday at the Stephen Weiss Studio in New York City.
The In America host, 43, is also mom to 5½-year-old twin sons Charlie and Jackson with husband Bradley Raymond.
“They are allowed to watch the news, and I watch it with them,” O’Brien tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies of her work.
“I think it’s only scary when there’s no context. When you’re seven or eight years old and you have no one to question, you need some reassurance.”