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Terrorism: Talking with Children about Terrorism

This guide will help you start your research on terrorism and to talk to children about terrorism.


How do we talk with children about terrorism?

Talking with kids about terrorism is not easy. Terrorism is a scary subject for adults, but it can be even worse for children. Children can experience distress even when they only hear about terrorism through their parents or the media.

When children want to know what is going on, how do we talk with them in an honest and age-appropriate manner? Here are several places to find free, online resources for parents, teachers, or caregivers who want to talk with children about terrorism.


Images of Terrorism

Washington, DC, 9/11

Photograph from the 9/11 Commission Report. Read it here.

New York City, 9/11

"WTC smoking on 9-11" by Michael Foran is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

London, 2005

"Bombers WANTED" reads the news stand at Waterloo Station, London" by jamielondonboy is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Norway, 2011

"Flowers commemorate victims of a 2011 terror attack in Norway" Public domain

New York City, 9/11

"Two men assisting and walking with an injured woman down a street littered with paper and ashes, following the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City" Photo by Don Halasy, Public domain

Stockholm, 2017

"File:The day after the terrorist attack in Stockholm in 2017-3" by Frankie Fouganthin is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. 

Boston, 2013

"1st Boston Marathon blast seen from 2nd floor and a half block away" by Aaron Tang is licensed under  l -  CC BY 2.0.