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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.
Resource from UPMC Children's Hospital with links to articles that can help parents, teachers and caregivers talk with the children in about the terrorist tragedy. Also included in the links are articles written specifically for teens and young children about how to cope.
A collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the Watson Institute, this page offers resources for adults to use while caring for young victims displaced and/or distressed by traumatic events, such as natural disasters or school violence. Includes a special focus on children with disabilities.
Designed for school personnel, this downloadable guide from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement addresses two major questions: Why should I talk about this with children? and What questions are children likely to have?
"WTC smoking on 9-11" by Michael Foran is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
"Bombers WANTED" reads the news stand at Waterloo Station, London" by jamielondonboy is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
"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
"File:The day after the terrorist attack in Stockholm in 2017-3" by Frankie Fouganthin is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.
"1st Boston Marathon blast seen from 2nd floor and a half block away" by Aaron Tang is licensed under l - CC BY 2.0.