Talking with children about school violence

From the Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood

Published 2009

Worrisome events like school violence are terribly upsetting to all of us. It’s hard enough for adults to make sense of such horrific events; just imagine how difficult it is for children to wrap their minds around concepts like violence, evil and death. Children react in individual ways to scary events depending upon their age and psychological makeup. To help them understand frightening real-life events, such as school violence, wars, terrorist strikes, hurricanes and so forth, the Lucy Daniels Center recommends a three-part approach: (1) protecting and supporting, (2) discussing and (3) individualizing.

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Lucy Daniels Center is a member of the Alliance of Psychoanalytic Schools.

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