Talking to Children About Violence – National Association of School Psychologists
October 30, 2018
“Tree of Life – Parents, I know the shooting this past weekend has deeply affected all of Pittsburgh, including of course, our students. So, the teachers are planning to spend a bit of time listening, discussing and answering questions about violence, and ways to cope with tragedy. The purpose is to convey 1) It’s normal to feel whatever you’re feeling right now (sad, angry, confused, afraid, relieved, stunned…) and 2) We each can do our part to eradicate (as Mayor Peduto put it), religious hatred.
We recommend not watching the news and video clips over and over. Instead, focus on negative feelings as well as positives that have come out of the situation and what your family can do to help. Attached is a short article from the National Association of School Psychologists that can help guide our discussions here at school and at home. Both Dr. Joe and Ryan are available if students would like to talk about it in more depth.” – Dr. Carol Utay, Executive Director
From the National Association of School PsychologistsTalking to Children About Violence