Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Source: Child Mind Institute
Resource Type: Website or Webpage Article
Audience(s): Educators, Families, School Staff or Administrators
High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.
- Reassure children that they are safe.
- Make time to talk.
- Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.
- Review safety procedures.
- Observe children’s emotional state.
- Limit television viewing of these events
- Maintain a normal routine.