In the past, we’ve offered resources for parents after violent events in the news.* I have read a few articles with resources adults can share: help for worried kids, factual information, introductions to government and some recommended books. Many of these resources are for students who are in middle school or older, so I will try to narrow them down to just materials for children age 10 and under (and their teachers and families):
A feature on NPR listed tools from the New York City Department of Education, which includes When Something Scary Happens from PBS kids. This includes some videos featuring the familiar characters Daniel Tiger and Arthur, activities and advice for families.
One School Library Journal article listed:
- Talking to Kids About the Attack on the Capitol from the National Education Association with advice for adults, including guidelines on what is appropriate for children of different ages (these resources are also available in Spanish)
- Support for You and Your Students: Chaos at the Capitol from Scholastic, with news articles written for children at different reading levels and advice for talking about events with young children
- When Bad Things Are Happening, a guide from Teaching Tolerance for how to do a classroom discussion on a volatile topic.
A second article in School Library Journal included book suggestions. These titles are available in the children’s collection:
The article also recommends an online resource, The News Literacy Project, where I saw some resources for students as young as grades 4–6. This can help students learn how to tell the difference between fact and opinion and identify reliable sources of information.
Two more online resources that might be helpful are the PBS Kids page for parents, which currently features an article on Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories. Sesame Street in Communities lets teachers and families explore different topics, including community violence, and has lots of activities for children related to feelings; the resources on the Sesame Street website are in English and Spanish.
Online resources available through our website include TrueFlix and Freedom Flix, which both include eBooks and supporting materials to teach basic information about U.S. government. World Book Student, in addition to encyclopedia articles, has information on current events. Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos has encyclopedia articles in Spanish. We also have a blog post on New Spanish Children’s Books on Voting and Government.
Here are some more books in the children’s collection:
*Here are some resources we’ve previously provided on our current and former blog. Not every link may be up to date, but there is still lots of good information.
- Race, Police And Justice
- Updated Resources for Stressful Situations
- What To Do When Kids Are Scared & Worried