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Trauma Resources for Families, Children, and Teens

For Parents & Caregivers

Starting the conversation

  • Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News (from PBS Parents)
  • Talking to Children about the Shooting (PDF from National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN))
  • How to talk to children about shootings: An age-by-age guide (from The Today Show)
  • Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (from National Association of School Psychologists (NASP))
    • Reassure your child they are safe. Validate their feelings and put them in perspective.
    • Make time to talk. Be patient and give your child the space to communicate.
    • Keep explanations developmentally appropriate.
      • Early elementary and younger: Provide brief, simple information balanced with reassurances that they are safe.
      • Upper elementary and early middle school: Be prepared for multiple questions. Provide simple, honest answers. Focus on separating misconceptions from reality.
      • Upper middle school and high school: Be prepared for strong opinions about the causes of violence in society. Emphasize the role that they have in keeping themselves and other safe.
    • Review safety procedures so your child knows what to do in a crisis.
    • Observe your child’s emotional state. Contact a mental health professional if you’re worried.
    • Limit media consumption of the events.
    • Maintain a normal routine.

Helping with healing

For Teens

For Kids

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