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Speaking About the Unspeakable: Acts of Violence


"High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears."

-- National Association of School Psychologists


Keep Explanations Developmentally Appropriate

  • For Early Elementary Age Children - provide simple information and concrete examples balanced by assurances of safety.

  • For Upper Elementary and Early Middle School Children and Youth - answer questions and assist in separating reality from fantasy.

  • For Upper Middle School and High School Youth - Emphasize reporting concerns and how to get help.


Infographics for families and schools in English and Spanish.


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