Tools and Resources
The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks remind us that it is important to talk with children about traumatic events. More and more children are exposed to disasters and violence, whether personally in their own communities or second hand through media coverage of world events. Yet many of us do not know how to discuss these topics with our children.
The following resources provide guidance for parents and other caregivers about how to talk with children and help them cope with violent events.
- Family Matters: Talking with Kids About 9/11
- Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children's Exposure to Violence
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Talking with Children About School Shootings
- Talking with Kids About News
- Trauma-Informed Care for Children Exposed to Violence: Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers
National Center for PTSD
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Overview of trauma and PTSD in children and teens and fact sheets for families.
National Center for Victims of Crime
Resources and advocacy for adolescent crime victims.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Resources for families, educators, mental health and medical personnel, and disaster relief workers to deal both with recurring reactions and with current stresses and adversities.
Safe Start Center
Resources for families and teens that have witnessed or experienced violence.