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Helping Children Deal With Public Tragedies

The following information was provided by the NASW-CT Chapter after the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting:

General Guidelines for Parents to Help Children Deal with Tragedy

  1. Give yourself time to react before you speak with your child.

  2. Speak with your child in a calm voice and appear confident.

  3. Reassure the child about his or her own safety.

  4. Answer questions, but do not over-explain.

  5. If you do not know an answer, be honest and say you don't know and will try to find out.

Links For Dealing With a Major Public Tragedy

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