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Talking to Kids About School Violence

by the Staff of the Child Study Center

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In the wake of the recent school violence at Virginia Tech, children may be experiencing increased feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, or confusion. The exhaustive media coverage of this tragedy can result in trauma-related effects for some children. It is important that children are given the time and place to talk about their feelings and ask questions.

Dr. Marylene Cloitre, the director of the Institute for Trauma and Resilience at the NYU Child Study Center, and her staff have put together tips for parents and school professionals for talking to kids about tough topics such as these school shootings and for understanding how children and adolescents cope with traumatic events.