In light of recent school tragedies, we would like to provide resources to families and educators as they process the tragic loss of life.
Resources Following Violence in Schools
American School Counselor Association - Helping Students After A School Shooting
The National Association of School Psychologists tips for parents and educators to talk with children about violence suggests adults:
- Reassure children they are safe and review safety procedures.
- Create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible.
- Make time to talk and listen to the concerns and feelings of children.
- Limit the use of media consumption of these events to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective.
- Acknowledge that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation.
The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests honesty with children – acknowledging that bad things do happen, but reassuring them with the information that many people are working to keep them safe, including their parents, teachers, and law enforcement. The APA also advises limiting children’s exposure to news coverage following such traumatic events. Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting, from the American Psychological Association
Flyer from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides assistance to families and caregivers.
Johns Hopkins website has information for grades K-5 safety in schools.
Learning for Justice - Navigating Discussions after a school shooting
The Michigan Department of Education mental health resources are also available and designed to support a variety of challenges experienced by people of all ages.
Common Sense Media offers How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings by taking an age-based approach to discussing news of school shootings with kids.
Sesame Street provides resources on violence and trauma for younger children.