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Talking to Kids About Tragic News

Tragic news is reported every day. Sometimes these events can cause distress to people of all ages. Although you may try to avoid having your children see upsetting reports about violence or natural disasters, you can’t always be successful. Use these resources to help you navigate a difficult conversation:

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events: What Parents Can Do

​​After any disaster, parents and other adults struggle with what they should say and share with children and what not to say or share with them.

If your child attends a Winter Park Consortium school, their CHILL counselor can help them process their feelings after a tragedy.

For tips on how to talk with your children at home, visit one of these trusted sites (links take you directly to their parent tips to talking with children about disasters and tragedies).

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Psychological Association

National Institute of Mental Health

Talking to Kids about Tragedy

Florida’s kids have been through a lot over the past month.  From hurricanes to the horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, your children probably have questions about the natural disasters and violence taking place around them.  Use these resources to help make a difficult conversation easier:

Talking to Kids About World Events

062215_anxiety_THUMB_LARGEChildren will find out about the world’s tragic events, so the information might as well come from you.

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.

CHILL logoTo 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.