Resources help families cope with violence in the news

mother talking with daughter about violencePediatricians and other Carle healthcare providers field questions from families all the time.

“Supporting families every day is important to us. It ups the ante when we’re all bombarded with terrible news, news that doesn’t always make sense,” said Anna Ziemer, MD, pediatrician at Urbana on Windsor.

“Parents should talk calmly and honestly with their children in age-appropriate ways. They should help children feel safe. And they should get the resources they need to be informed and supported.”

We hope your family finds these resources helpful.

PBSParents offers Talking with Kids about News, featuring sections on:

  • Discussions starters
  • Talking and listening
  • Age-by-age insights
  • Working it out through play

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry offers Taking to Children about Violence.

  • Terrorism and war
  • Children and grief
  • Restoring a sense of safety

HealthyChildren.org from the American Academy of Pediatrics offers Talking to Children about Tragedies and Other News Events.

  • Where to start—all ages
  • Avoiding graphic details
  • Signs your children might not be coping well

The National Association for the Education of Young Children offers a roundup of additional coping with violence resources.

  • “Timeless wisdom” from Mr. Rogers
  • Tragedy-related anxiety
  • Using storybooks to help children cope