What To Say To Kids About Terrorism

Submitted by ub on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 19:34

Don't dismiss your child's fears. Children can feel embarrassed, or criticized when their fears are minimized. Exploring their concerns in a positive way help children master their fear and anxiety.

Parents and professionals can reassure children with facts about how people are protected by helpers, firefighters and police in the community, or the president who meets with world leaders and individual safety measures that can be taken.

Avoid fears by offering reliable, honest information. Maintain routines and structure is also reassuring to children and helps normalize an event and restore a sense of safety.

When I was a younger journalist, I had the pleasure of meeting a national media celebrity and he was extremely gracious when I spoke with him about my children.