The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips for talking to children about a world tragedy:
- Explain the event in basic detail, but don’t include graphic images or descriptions. Provide enough information without being overly frightening.
- Make sure your child understands that it’s okay to be concerned and upset, and offer support and comfort.
- Reassure children that officials are doing their jobs and taking care of people.
To students, life’s problems sometimes seem too big to handle. That is why the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) established the CHILL Program in partnership with Orange County Public Schools and its Winter Park Consortium of Schools.
CHILL—Community Help & Intervention in Life’s Lessons—is a free counseling program for students of all ages in the public schools serving Winter Park and neighboring communities who need help with issues such as divorce, grief and loss, low self-esteem, anger management and depression. CHILL Counselors focus on prevention and early intervention programs. There is no cost to students or families.
Click on “Schools” or “Visit Your School” to find your CHILL Counselor.