Provides information about how to talk to children about mass violence. This tip sheet describes ways to talk to children about mass violence, including how to start the conversation, how to deal with incorrect information, limiting media exposure, common reactions, and when to seek help.
Families and Caregivers
Parents and caregivers play an essential role in helping children and teenagers recover from traumatic events. These resources are for parents, adoptive parents, resource/foster parents, grandparents, caregivers, and all others who care for children and teens. The more caregivers learn about how traumatic events affect their children (whether toddler, school-age, teen, youth, or adult), the more they understand the reasons for their children’s behaviors and emotions, and the better prepared they are to help them cope. When children know that caring adults are working to keep them safe and support them in understanding their reactions to trauma, most can recover and go on to live healthy and productive lives.
Offers information to youth, parents, and caregivers on how to talk with journalists after a mass violence event or shooting. This tip sheet describes a parent's and child’s rights when talking with journalists and details the signs of a good and respectful reporter.
Provides information on how to talk to children about the bombings in Boston. This tip sheet describes how to talk to children about the bombings in Boston and applies to mass violence events that involve bombings in general.
Highlights the importance of parent-child relationships and how to use treatment as a way to build these relationships.
Highlights the importance of birth parents understanding the serious consequences their trauma histories can have on them and the subsequent potential impact on their parenting.
Provides suggestions that resource parents can use to recognize how trauma may have impacted the way birth parents parent.
Is a centralized resource for providers and resource parents who are using or interested in using Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents in their communities.
Helps parents understand how economic difficulties can affect their families, in terms of their sense of safety, connectedness, and hope. The fact sheet also helps families find ways to cope during uncertain times.
Offers parents guidance on helping their children after a tornado. This fact sheet describes common reactions children may have, how parents can help them, and self-care tips after a disaster.
Tells the story of a 10-year-old boy's experience following the tragic death of his father. Jeremy is having a traumatic reaction and struggling at school and at home.
Offers parents and caregivers information about trauma. This fact sheet defines traumatic stress and describes how common it is, how it can impact a family, and things a family can do to cope with traumatic stress.
Allows families to list important telephone numbers and other information that could be useful in the case of an emergency. Each member of the family should carry these cards with them at all times in case an event occurs and all family members are not together.