June 1, 2022
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. The National Association of School Psychologists offers guidelines for explaining violent events to children of different ages.
Plus: Educators can tap these resources to provide support for children’s emotional needs: Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network), Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute), and Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association).