Help, Resources for Parents to Discuss Broward Tragedy with Children

Wednesday’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County is making headlines throughout our area, and many students will undoubtedly be exposed to news and social media posts about the shooting. If your children have questions about what they’ve seen and heard, these resources may be helpful.

PBS Parents’ Talking with Kids about News offers age-appropriate tips and strategies for discussing violence, war and natural disasters with your children. Visit www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news.

The National Association of School Psychologists has guidance for parents and educators on a variety of topics, including school safety. Click here for their tips, or visit the Resources and Publications section of www.nasponline.org for additional resources.

The American Psychological Association has guidance for children and adults on reactions and responses to disasters, and how to cope. Their tips include Recovering Emotionally from DisasterManaging Your Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting, and Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting. For other resources, visit the Help Center at www.apa.org.

For teachers, the American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson site has lesson plans and other guides for educators and the community to help students coping with traumatic events. Click here to see their resources and other information.