Talking To Your Kids About the Newtown Tragedy
PBS has strategies for talking and listening to your children about the news.
Updated 7:15 p.m. with additional information from Superintendent David Fleishman.
In the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, parents may find their children hearing about the tragedy or seeing it on the news and find themselves in a difficult discussion.
For parents seeking guidance on how to address the tragedy with their own children, if it comes up, PBS has an article with flexible suggestions for answering kids' questions about the news.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also has a 24-hour hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting "TalkWithUs" to 66746. The hotline is open to U.S. residents who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence or any other disasters.
In addition, an article on GalleyCat offers a list of library books that can help kids cope and talk about the Newtown tragedy.
In a message sent to parents Friday afternoon, Newton Superintendent David Fleishman says support will be available for students on Monday when they return to school.
Fleishman also posted a message on the district's website stating that he has met with all Newton principals and leaders of the citywide safety team to discuss how best to support students and staff when they return to school on Monday.
The district recommends the following resources when considering how to discuss the tragedy with children:
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A GUIDE FOR PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, AND TEACHERS provided by SAMHSA