Avoiding the Media
Avoiding media reports of violence.
Turn off the news on television, computer, or phone screens. If children see news of the event again and again, they may think the event is happening over and over in real time. Especially if there are frightening photos, read the newspaper out of view of young eyes (children may respond especially strongly to pictures showing other children suffering). If you can’t avoid images, point out together that in lots of photos you can find helpers—people coming to each other’s aid and comforting them. Photos of vigils may be helpful. You might explain that people bring flowers, candles, and photos of people who were killed or hurt to show their sadness and empathy.
Using These Resources: Violence
Article about the Sesame Street Community & Gun Violence initiative.
Trauma and the Body
An article on the effects of violence on children.
1, 2, 3, Color Me
Sitting quietly and coloring together is a stress-reliever for adults and children alike.
We’re Not Alone
A music video on the power of community connections.
I Can Stay Safe
It’s important for children to know several people they can turn to when something goes wrong.
I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon
A song about the power of human connections.
Community Conversation: Community Violence
Many communities are unfortunately impacted by community violence, but there are people and organizations striving to help. You can, too!