Another great article is Talking to Children about the Shooting from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Tips from the American School Counseling Association (ASCA): Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school. Limit exposure to television and the news. Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle. Listen to kids’ fears and concerns. Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things. Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress. Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.
Additional Websites Include:
- Disaster Help for Parents and Children: http://www.childadvocate.net/disaster.htm
- Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disaster: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/violence.cfm
- Coping in Unsettled Times: http://www.nasponline.org/crisisresources/
- Talking to Children about Community Violence: http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/resources_for_families/talking_to_children_about_community_violence
- Talking to Your Child about Recent School Shootings: http://www.apa.org/topics/violence/school-shooting.aspx
- Helping Students Through Tragedy: http://www.teachingblogaddict.com/2012/12/helping-students-through-tragedy.html
- How to Talk to Children About School Shooting: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/20121214/talk-children-school-shooting?src=RSS_PUBLIC
- How to Talk to Your Kids About the Conn. Shooting: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/12/14/167269582/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-the-conn-shooting?utm_source=science&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20121214
- Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events: http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/
- Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety: http://www.samhsa.gov/trauma/