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Talking to children and young people about war and conflict
When war or conflict is in the news, it can cause feelings such as fear, sadness and anxiety for children, young people and adults. Place2Be’s Educational Psychologists share their advice on how to talk to children and young people about war and conflict, and support them if they’re struggling with the news.
Please click on the image below to access this great website which provides valuable parenting support:
As teachers, parents and carers, it is impossible to protect children from frightening and confusing world events, such as war and conflict. We can, however:
- Create a sense of safety at home and school
- Find ways to cope together with uncertainty
- Be hopeful for peace and safety for all
- Be compassionate
- Look after our own wellbeing and seek support as we support others
When talking to children and young people about war, it is important to take into account their age, stage of development and whether they have special educational needs, additional support needs or other needs that may make them more vulnerable.
Place2Be provide excellent support on how to deal with these difficulties. Click on the link below to access this helpful website.
Another helpful website is Young Minds. They advise that you do not shield your children from the news completely and don't avoid answering questions they may have.
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