In the days and weeks following a high-profile tragedy kids may have a lot of questions about whether something like this could happen to them. In fact, parents themselves may have a lot of worries about the safety of raising children in this world. It’s normal for both adults and kids to feel anxious after such a publicly devastating event, but there are some links to resources you can choose from to help minimize the stress and maintain a sense of normalcy. The links include tips on how to talk to children as well as how to address media coverage.
- SAMHSA – Tips for Talking With Children Cope After a Disaster
- PBS Parents – How to Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedy
- PBS Parents – Age-by-Age Insights
- NCTSN – Talking to Children About a Shooting
- NCTSN – Helping Youth After a Recent Shooting
- NCTSN – Tips for Parents on Media Coverage
Information provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), PBS and National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)