Talking to children worried about terrorism

Hi all,

It has been a testing week and we are all saddened by the events that have happened over the past few weeks.

With all the news and media coverage it is likely young people will have a lot of questions, worries and concerns regarding what they see.

The NSPCC have produced some advice to help parents and carers talk to children worried about recent events in Manchester and London. This information below is from the NSPCC website:

Children are exposed to news in many ways, and what they see can worry them. Our advice can help you have a conversation with your child:

  • Listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries
  • Offer reassurance and comfort
  • Avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could be frightening and confusing
  • Help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings
  • Children can always contact Childline free and confidentially on the phone and online.

It’s also important to address bullying and abuse following the terrorist attacks.

  • Some children may feel targeted because of their faith or appearance
  • Look for signs of bullying, and make sure that they know they can talk with you about it.
  • Often children might feel scared or embarrassed, so reassure them it's not their fault that this is happening, and that they can always talk to you or another adult they trust.
  • Alert your child’s school so that they can be aware of the issue.

I have added a link to a video showing how some parents have answered their children's questions following the attacks in Paris

If you need any further support or advice please get in touch, there are lots of resources we can share. We will be adding more to the Carer login over the coming weeks.

Thank you,

Charlotte