Talking to Children About Difficult Topics
Resources for Talking about Scary and Tragic Events in the News
There are many ways that children process emotions based on news and events they see around them, and they often gauge their reactions on the emotions of adults in their lives. Older children may feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, while younger children may not be able to put their feelings into words. Both physical and emotional comfort are important when reassuring kids that they are safe and loved. Here are some resources for talking to kids from different age groups about these subjects:
- How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects by the Common Sense Media
- Talking with Children After Tragic Events by The National Center for Grieving Children and Families
- Talking to Children about Tragedies and Other News Events by the American Academy of Pediatrics
- How to Discuss Violence in Schools with Children by the Public School Review
- Supporting Young Children after Crisis Events by National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Explaining the News to Children by Common Sense Media
Resources for Talking with Your Family About Other Topics
Racism and prejudice have a profound impact on children and families in Pittsburgh and across the world. We must teach our children to be kind and compassionate to everyone. Click here for resources on talking to children about equity and inclusion.
Click here for resources you might find helpful in guiding a discussion with children about the coronavirus.