Friday, April 20, 2007

Talking with Children About School Violence

The reliable resource has released tips for parents seeking to reassure their children after the most recent episode of school violence. Although school violence is rare (fewer than 1% of homicides occur on school grounds or on the way to or from school), the authors provide valuable suggestions such as:

Share your own feelings
Start the conversation
Tell them in concrete terms what will be done to make them feel safe
Be truthful about the news but do not go in to more detail than your child wants to know or can absorb
Carefully monitor exposure to violence over the television - if necessary, turn it off

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