Resources for Parents


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

Let’s Help Our Children Sow Seeds of Tolerance, Justice, and Hope

Fred Rogers Center: Talking with Children About Difficult Things in the News

Child Mind Institute: Helping Kids Understand the Riots at the Capitol

Today/Parents: How to Talk to Your Children about the Capitol Riots by Age Group

CNN: Health: How to Talk to Kids About the Election

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!