The War in Iraq
How to Talk to Kids About War
By Sarah Lane
Aug 11, 2011, 1:53pm

Resources - How to Talk to Kids About War

Not only is war a difficult subject to explain to children, but it is becoming increasingly harder to answer their questions without saturating them with adult opinions. These resources are to help you get a better idea of how to talk to kids about war. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or mentor you will definitely benefit from browsing these articles and resources.

Talking to Kids About Terrorism or Acts of War
How do children react to news about war or terrorism? How can you tell what a child is thinking or feeling about terrorism or war? How should you talk to children about these subjects? Should you let them watch television or read about these kinds of issues? Find answers to these questions and many more in this special section about kids and war.
Source:       About Our Kids

Coping with Disaster
Although everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, NMHA has developed the Coping With Disaster fact sheet series to help you and your loved ones cope during crisis and loss. You’ll find fact sheets on dealing with the stress of war, living life during terrorist threats, adult and children strategies of coping, and tips for employers.
Source:       National Mental Health Association

Talking With Kids About The News
Find out why its important to talk with your kids about the news and appropriate ways to go about this. Read articles about age appropriateness, what to watch with your kids, how to create an open dialogue, news vs. reality, and how to share your feelings. There is also a list of topics unrelated to war, but important nonetheless.
Source:       Children Now

Help with Healing, On the Web
Even with the healing passage of time, children can have trouble handling the emotions of fear, anger, and grief. The continuing national war on terrorism raises the emotional stakes, but Connect for Kids has compiled resources to help.
Source:       Connect For Kids

Coping with a National Tragedy
NASP will continue to add new resources that offer useful information on what to look for in children, what to say, and how adults can help. Current topics addressed include coping with terrorism, promoting tolerance, recognizing severe trauma reaction, managing anger and other strong emotions, preventing suicide, school memorials, children and war, and helping children with special needs cope. Some handouts are translated into other languages.
Source:       National Association of School Psychologists

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters
Helping young people avoid or overcome emotional problems in the wake of violence or disaster is one of the most important challenges a parent, teacher, or mental health professional can face. The National Institute of Mental Health and other Federal agencies are working to address the issue of assisting children and adolescents who have been victims of, or witnesses to, violent and/or catastrophic events. The purpose of this fact sheet is to tell what is known about the impact of violence and disasters on children and adolescents and suggest steps to minimize long-term emotional harm.
Source:       National Institute of Mental Health

Dealing with a Terrorist Tragedy
The tragedies that occurred in New York and Washington, DC, are impossible to describe. The loss of life from these terrorist attacks is devastating and frightening for us all. How can you deal with the fear and anxiety that can affect your child in the wake of such horrible events? These articles for parents, kids, teens, and teachers will help with this and can be translated to deal with the war on terrorism.
Source:       The Nemours Foundation

Terrorism and Children
Judith Myers-Walls, a Purdue University Extension Specialist in Child Development and Family Studies, has researched children's reactions to war and disasters, and offers advice for helping children cope with the terrorist attacks and their aftermath, as well as war.
Source:       Purdue Extension

Children, Youth, and Family Consortium
University of Minnesota, Children, Youth & Family Consortium has information on how parents can help their children with their concerns, fears and worries about war. Read their front page article and follow their resource links for more.
Source:       University of Minnesota

Talking with Children about Terrorism and War
As many of us watch the news and talk to others about daily events, our children will certainly notice that something is going on. Children will notice that things may be unusual because of what they might be seeing on television and because of how parents might be reacting to the unfolding events. This is a list of resources to help.
Source:      University of Illinois Extension Service


Talking with Kids About War & Violence
This unique site lets you learn how to answer children’s challenging questions by seeing the world through their eyes. This guide can help you develop effective ways to communicate with your children, monitor their exposure to news, and soothe their fears.
Source:      PBS Parents

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