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Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers [downloadable]

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed recommendations for talking about protests, unsettling information and violent events.

Tips for Talking to Children About Violence

  • Reassure children that they are safe.
  • Make time to talk.
  • Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.
  • Review safety procedures.
  • Observe children’s emotional state.
  • Limit television viewing of these events.
  • Maintain a normal routine.

Excerpted from “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers” on the NASP website. Read the full article for more detailed information and for suggested points to emphasize when talking to children.

NASP also offers additional information for parents and educators on school safety, violence prevention, children’s trauma reactions, and crisis response at www.nasponline.org.

Download a PDF the tip sheet:

Download the companion infographic below. A Spanish language version is also available.

Source: National Association of School Psychologists | Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers, https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-resources/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers | © National Association of School Psychologists

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