In light of this months tragic attacks in Paris, it’s so important that we know how to broach the topic of terrorism with our children. In this Article, Lindsay Layton highlights the strategies of professor emerita Judith A. Myers-Walls, of Purdue University. Myers-Walls offers tips for parents and educators with students in elementary school through high school.
The key, Myers-Walls says, is not to ignore what happened but not to focus heavily on it. Maintaining routine is an important way to reassure young children. Events are happening in the world, but they’re still going to go to school, they’re still having lunch, they’re still playing with their toys. Reassure them that they are safe, that the event did not happen near them, it involved a relatively small number of people and there are many adults who are keeping them safe.