The following is a short list of resources, which may be of help to parents/providers in talking with the their children about traumatic or stressful events.
- An Exchange article by Diane Levin: "When the World is a Dangerous Place — Helping Children Deal with Violence in the News."
- A New York Times article, "Tips for Talking to Children About the Shooting."
- Advice from National Child Traumatic Stress Network, "Talking to Children about the Shooting."
- Advice from the National Association of School Psychologists, "A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope."
- A resource from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Tips for Talking to Children and Youth after Traumatic Events."
- Fred Rogers' advice from Family Communications, "Helping Children Deal with Tragic Events in the News."
- Advice from the American Psychological Association, "Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting."
- Recover-From-Grief.com Art Therapy Activity: Drawing Out Your Emotions, A Lesson Plan for Helping Children Express Fear and Grief
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children After Disasters: Parent Tip Sheet
- Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children After Disasters: Parent Tip Sheet for School Age
- Parent Tips for Media Coverage: Parent Tip Sheet Media
Further, there are local organizations who have expertise in addressing these kinds of issues, specifically Allegheny General Hospital for Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adults. As well, there are articles which provide additional suggestions for how to have these conversations with children.