If you watch the news, the recent tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College will surely be part of the report.
Please remember that news like this can upset children and should not be taken lightly, especially if you have friends or family who live in the Roseburg area. This is just a reminder about talking to your children and helping them feel emotionally and physically safe.
- Explain the episode of violence or disaster. Replace crisis rumors with crisis facts. At the same time, however, do not volunteer details that might increase children’s threat perceptions.
- Encourage children to express their feelings and listen without passing judgment. Let children know that it is normal to feel upset.
- Allow time for children to experience and talk about their feelings.
- If children are fearful, reassure them that you will take care of them.
- If behavior at bedtime is a problem, give children extra time and reassurance.
- Do your best to let children know that you understand their perception of the crisis event.
While it is important to understand children’s crisis event perceptions, it is also important to correct misperceptions.
Please keep us informed if you have children who are particularly impacted.