Talking With Children About Scary News

December 18, 2012 06:11 by Kristi

As children learn about the scary events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, it will be very natural for them to have questions and concerns.  There are many resources available to help parents, teachers and friends talk with children about the tragedy and their own safety.  The following resources have been compiled by The Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County. 

1. Collection of resources:

http://www.schcounselor.com/2012/12/tragedy-and-disaster-response-resources.html

 

2. Talking to Kids About Sensitive Topics

http://www.darienlibrary.org/children/youth-promoted/talking-about-current-events

 

3. Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/talkingviolence.pdf

 

4. Talking with Kids About News: Age by Age Insights

http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/agebyage.html

 

5. Helping Your Children Manage Distress In the Aftermath of a Shooting

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx

 

6. How to Talk to Your Kids About the Conn. Shooting

http://www.npr.org/2012/12/16/167399094/tragedy-and-children-what-to-discuss

 

7. Video advice from Mr Rogers on how to talk to your children about scary news:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=LZbXM3Kzd7o