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Talking to Children about Traumatic Events

Disasters or incidents of violence can be disturbing to children. Whether it is a natural disaster, a man-made crisis or a violent incident, a child does not have to experience an event personally to feel anxiety. With recent events in the news, we want to provide a resource that may help guide conversations with students and children.

The Center for Parenting Education has a very comprehensive webpage with guidelines for talking to children about traumatic events.

It includes:

  • tips for talking to children of all ages about traumatic events
  • understanding children's reaction to trauma
  • how children show anxiety

 We also encourage parents with specific concerns to reach out to school counselors or psychologists.