Talking to Kids about Traumatic Events

As a native of Connecticut, my heart is breaking as I hear the news reports of the tragedy that took place earlier today –  a horrific shooting of students, teachers, and staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  News coverage of this event will be difficult to avoid in the coming days and school-age children may have questions about the event as well as concerns for their own safety at school.  The American Psychological Association has helpful guidelines for talking to your kids about this tragedy, and additional resources for addressing children’s fears of violence at school can be found at the Kidpower website.