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At the moment much of the news we see on television is very graphic. Violence is vividly described and often shown. I have spoken with a number of parents who recently who have commented on this, and wondered what is the best way to handle what is happening in the world around them and what messages to convey to their children.
Our 24/7 news culture – in conjunction with easily accessible iPads, mobile phones and televisions – provides a window to events that both children and adults can struggle to understand. And when bad things happen in the world it is very natural and healthy for children to bring up questions at home or in the classroom. Decisions about what to say, and what not to say, are best guided by a child’s developmental age.
Some suggestions may include:
- Listen to children to understand how they understand the situation. They often have very different fears from adults.
- Answer the why questions, with an answer tailored to a child’s age.
- Protect your child from seeing traumatic visual images over and over again.
- Self-soothing techniques can be helpful. If children are feeling upset, deep breathing, exercise, listening to music and other strategies for calming down and managing anxiety can help.
- Modelling how you manage through tough times helps to build resilience in children.
- Your children watch how you respond to scary events and take their cue from you.
- The guiding principle is to talk to children in ways they understand, while being careful to not provide too much detail to a younger child.
- If your children have access to a mobile phone or other device, remember that they can look at things of which you are not necessarily aware. Whilst we all now live in a digital world we need to be aware of, and avoid, the dangers.
Margaret Buttigieg - Principal