Talking About Tragic Events

Although you may think that your child is better off not knowing about incidents like 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, or the recent shootings across our nation, it was likely discussed on the school bus, the playground, or in a variety of other places and chances are, the information your child heard is at least a little bit inaccurate or exaggerated. Children rely on their parents to be safe and reliable sources of information. Your child needs to know what you think, and the best way to reassure him is to talk about it. To help you with these difficult discussions the West Caldwell Health Department has provided the following links:

onetoughjob.org - Talking About Tragic Events 

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

PBS Parents - Talking with Kids About the News - Crime, School Violence and Shootings

Mental Health America - Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety 

AACAP - Facts for Families, Children and Grief

AACAP - Facts for Families, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

AACAP - Facts For Families, Understanding Violent Behavior in Children and Adolscents