Talking to Children about Violence and Civil Unrest
Last week’s events at the U.S. Capitol were upsetting for all of us. The violence that brandished frightening images across our screens exposing children to violent actions was distressing.
We know that it can be tough to have age-appropriate conversations with children about scary events and huge topics like civil unrest, violence, and justice. Let us help. We’re here for you and your family, especially during these tumultuous times.
With the help of our friends in the children’s museum world and our compassionate staff at Children’s Discovery Museum, we’ve identified some age-appropriate resources to support you in being the trusted adult to help your child feel safe and loved, while navigating difficult discussions with them.
We hope you’ll find the articles useful.
From the staff at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Fred Rogers Center: Talking with Children About Difficult Things in the News
Child Mind Institute: Helping Kids Understand the Riots at the Capitol
Importance of Play for Children
Children learn through play. There’s no better way to help your child de-stress, become less anxious, and make sense of the world than by allowing them to engage in self-directed play. We’ve created and produced nearly 200 activities in the arts, science, and nature exploration. They all invite creativity and curiosity, and many encourage open-ended play. Enjoy!