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Helping Children Cope With Tragedy

People of all ages are struggling to comprehend the shootings that took place recently in Newtown, Conn. In particular, children and teens are likely struggling to make sense of the things they are seeing and hearing regarding the tragedy on television, at school, and among their peers. Many children will have questions and be in need of additional comfort in the coming days and weeks. San Diego County Library has put together a list of resources that parents can use to help answer questions and reassure children of their safety and comfort.

Books

SDCL has a variety of titles that can be used to help parents, care-givers and educators as they talk with children. Click on any of the books below to locate a copy or request one to be sent to your branch.

Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide to Handling the Headlines Don't Despair on Thursdays! The Children's Grief-Management Book When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death
Bad Stuff in the News: A Guide to Handling the Headlines Don't Despair on Thursdays! The Children's Grief-Management Book When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death
Badger's Parting Gifts Let's Talk: Sharing Thoughts and Feelings During Times of Crisis Why?
Badger's Parting Gifts Let's Talk: Sharing Thoughts and Feelings During Times of Crisis Why?

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The following videos and online resources can provide additional assistance for parents and children coping with the recent tragedy.

Videos

County of San Diego: Talking to Children About the Conn. Tragedy

Mr. Rogers: Helping Children With Scary News

Sesame Street: G is for Grief

Online Resources

County of San Diego:
Talking to Children about the Conn. Tragedy
The County of San Diego operates the Access and Crisis Line seven days a week, 24 hours a day, where people can get help for issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, or other mental health challenges. The telephone number is (888)724-7240.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
Talking to Children about Community Violence

American Psychological Association:
Reacting to the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

Kids Health:
School Violence and the News / La Violencia en la Escuela y las Noticias

KPBS's Arthur:
Helping our Children Feel Safe

National Association of School Psychologists
Provides various resources for teachers and parents and "Talking to Children about Violence" tip sheets in several languages.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
Talking to Children About Mass Violence

National Institute of Mental Health:
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters

The New York Times Health Section:
Tips for Talking to Children about the Shooting

Teachers First:
Resources for School Violence

 

The County of San Diego and the San Diego County Library disclaim any responsibility for the accuracy of the translations.