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How to Talk with Children and Youth Following Frightening or Violent Events

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When scary, violent events occur in the world, children and youth are impacted in unique ways. The articles below include information and suggestions on how to help children and youth understand and process tragic events.

Helping Children Cope - Tips for Families and Educators, by National Association of School Psychologists. A 15 point guide for how to be a reassuring adult ally to children and youth. Full article is available in six languages.

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events, by American Academy of Pediatrics. Comprehensive guide for talking with children and youth of all ages. Includes a list of signs that a child is not coping well, and specific suggestions for children and youth with special needs.

Talking with Kids About News: Age-by-Age Insights, by PBS Parents. Guide for talking with children ages 0-11. Includes signs of stress to look for in each age, media recommendations, and communication strategies.

When Bad Things Happen: Help Kids Navigate Our Sometimes Violent World, by Teaching Tolerance. Addresses Community Violence, healing following traumatic events, and includes a useful Psychological First Aid framework.
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If you know of any articles or resources we should add to this article, particularly local resources, please send them to Emily Davis.

Last updated: 11/14/2017 4:16:16 PM
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