These are some articles and resources to help your child understand and cope with violence and tragedy. Many of the articles deal with school shootings but the advice is similar to coping with a tragedy in the community.
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Kate Schleyer, Social Worker
The School Social Worker Association of America has numerous resources on their website to help parents and educators with school violence.
Explaining and Coping with Violence
To help families and educators during this difficult time, Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) has gathered a variety of resources from our allies in the educational and mental-health communities.
Resources for Improving School Safety
The Education Commission of the States has published an alert that provides state leaders and others with quick access to resources and information on potential policies directly related to school safety. The list (PDF) cites CASEL as a key organization involved in the mental health, well-being and engagement of students.
A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope
The National Association of School Psychologists provides Tips-for-families-and-educators on helping children who are confused or frightened by a national tragedy and look to adults for information and guidance on how to react.
Talking to Children about Disasters
The American Psychiatric Association American Psychiartirc Assocaition recommends creating an open environment where children feel free to ask questions to help them cope with stressful events and experiences and reduce the risk of lasting emotional difficulties. www.apa.org/topics/parenting/
Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events in Schools
The Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has assembled a variety of resources related to school crisis response.Resources for Dealing with Traumatic Events in Schools
Building Resilience in Children and Youth Dealing with Violence and Trauma
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration explains how traumatic experiences can affect children, provides examples of behavioral signs that a child is having difficulty dealing with a traumatic event, and provides tips on how adults can help children who have experienced trauma.
Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting
The American Psychological Association provides a list of tips for parents to consider as their children look to them to make them feel safe.
Talking with Children and Students about the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting
The Crisis Management Institute helps schools mitigate the likelihood of larger crisis that stem from these kinds of situations. CMI has created a two-page guide to talking about the tragedy with youngsters.
Helping Students Navigate a Violent World
Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, helps adults support students affected by violence, outlining the Listen, Protect and Connect approach promoted by the U.S. federal government.