NAEYC resources for coping with violence and tragedies


NAEYC compiled these online resources for parents, teachers, and others working with young children about coping with violence and talking with young children about tragedies.

Fred Rogers: "Tragic Events"

Read timeless wisdom on what to keep in mind when talking to young children about a tragedy from Fred Rogers for parents, teachers, and caregivers. Also see a photo and video clip.

From the Today Show: Talking to Children About the Marathon Bombings
Psychiatrist Gail Saltz offeres tips on helping children cope.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Tips for talking to children about the shooting
Resources on talking to children about the recent shooting, information about the shooting's psychological impact, tips for parents on media coverage - includes tips specific for preschool-aged children.

The National Education Association - School crisis guide
The National Education Association (NEA) and the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN) developed this easy-to-use crisis guide with essential, to-the-point advice for schools and districts.

American Academy of Pediatrics - Talking with children
Resources to help parents talk to children about violence and disasters.

American Psychological Association - Helping children manage distress
As a parent, you may be struggling with how to talk with your children about a shooting rampage. It is important to remember that children look to their parents to make them feel safe. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Coping with violence and traumatic events

This web page includes information about the Disaster Distress Hotline, the nation's first hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. It also includes articles for students, parents, teachers, and other caregivers, and for responders and health professionals.

Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events

This printable PDF from the U.S. Department of health and Human Services offers concise tips for talking to children after traumatic events as well as resources for when more active intervention may be needed.

Helping Children Cope with Tragedy-related Anxiety
This web page, from Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association), offers tips for parents in helping preschool-age children, as well as grade school-age children and adolescents, with tragedy-related anxiety.

After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope
Authors Cathy Grace and Elizabeth Shores offer literature-based activities to help children who have been through a trauma. With activities and exercises that can be used in conjunction with 50 children’s books, the discussion starters and writing and art activities in After the Crisis can be used by teachers to promote children’s ability to cope and heal.




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