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.
- 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.