Supporting Children in a Time of Tragedy

Supporting Children in a Time of Tragedy


 

While we know that there are not simple and easy answers to explain violence to children, we do know that the best antidote to fear is helping young people to be powerful. In that spirit, we offer 10 simple responses that adults can make to children’s questions about a tragedy.

In these times it is critical that we create safe spaces for our young people to ask these questions.  And it is even more important that we provide comfort, reassurance, and a sense of safety. Adults as well as children feel confused and frightened, sometimes angry and even guilty when people die for no apparent reason. At the same time, adults need to step up, be present for children and young people, listen and speak carefully, and avoid our own impulse to deny the pain and fear that large-scale violence generates.

While we know that there are not simple and easy answers to explain violence, we do know that the best antidote to fear is helping young people to be powerful. In that spirit, we offer 10 simple responses that adults can make to children’s questions, in order to support them over the next days and weeks.

Visit our Digital Activity Center for the complete list of responses and to download our tip sheet.