How to talk about scary situations

Posted by Rene Shelton on 2/15/2018 4:00:00 PM

The news this week has been tragic and it has been extremely difficult to watch.  It seems that everyone has opinions about why the school shooting occured.  Often this means talking about all the factors which may have played a part in the decision of the alleged perpetrator.  This repeated discussion makes it difficult for parents manage thier own distress and attempt to reduce their children's anxiety and fear about safety while at school. 


Here is information that you might find helpful: created this page with several links to excellent information about how to talk and listen to your child's concerns, an age-by-age insight with tips, how to respond if your child's play begins to reflect violence in the news, and tips on getting conversations started about difficult topics in the news.

Talking with Kids about the News


The National School Psychology Association has provided helpful tips to remember when talking to children and teens about violence.

Tips to help parents and teachers address student concerns about violence.


The American Psychological Association has provided helpful things to remember about how to talk to your child and how to handle their distress, and yours.

Talking to your child about school shootings.

How to help your child manage their distress.

How to help manage your own distress.


For other entries related to this topic,  check the list on the right for other articles tagged "difficult news."