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At this time of tragedy, children throughout our country may be struggling with their thoughts and feelings about the stories and images and they may turn to adults for help and guidance. PTA has many resources available to assist students, families, schools and PTAs in coping with school violence. Additional resources regarding media exposure and traumatic events may be found online at the following links:
Dr. Marylene Cloitre, the director of the Institute for Trauma and Resilience at the NYU Child Study Center, and her staff have put together tips for parents and school professionals for talking to kids about tough topics such as these school shootings and for understanding how children and adolescents cope with traumatic events.
Talking to Kids about School Violence
Media Exposure and Traumatic Events: How Much Media Coverage is Too Much?
The American Psychological Association offers tips for parents about talking to their children about school shootings.
Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
Tips for talking about hate, violence and other sensitive issues with your children
Discussing Hate and Violence With Your Children
10 things you can do to prevent violence in your school community.
Checklist to Help Prevent Violence in Schools