Resources for Helping Kids Cope with Media Coverage of War and Traumatic Events
With so much going on in the world today, it is hard for a parent or caregiver to know how or even if they should talk about the news events with their children. Children hear adults speaking about countries at war, they see pictures of people in pain, they can sense when there is something upsetting happening in the world by how those around them are acting. Open, honest, age-appropriate explanations and answers are important to help combat the misinformation they may find on social media or hear from peers.
Here are some links to resources to help you speak with your child about what they are seeing and hearing in the news:
- American Psychologic Association, How to talk to children about difficult news
- The American Academy of Pediatrics, Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events
- Child Development Institute, How To Talk To Kids About Tragedies In The Media
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event