• Talking to Students About Violence in Schools

    It has been an emotionally challenging few days due to the horrific and unimaginable school shooting in Florida and elsewhere. With the 24/7 news coverage and social media, our students have been exposed to many graphic and disturbing details from the tragic event.  Hence, please see the attached resources and summary below that Mrs. Michelle Reichard-Huff (BCIU Director of Early Childhood and Student Services & Certified School Psychologist) organized for us related to talking to children about school violence.  

    • Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers – This article provides information for parents and teachers to support discussions surrounding school violence.  Several key points for discussion and emphasis are listed.  Please note the emphasis on limiting television viewing of the events.  Information shared in the media indicates graphic footage of the recent shooting in Florida is available on social media outlets.  Thus, monitoring of social media is also an important factor to consider as viewing such images may put students at risk for trauma or psychological distress.  In addition, an infographic summarizing this article is also attached that supports the key points in the article.  A Spanish translation is also attached.  Additional translated documents are available on the NASP website if you scroll the bottom left of the page.  http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers
    • Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events:  Tips for Families and Teachers:  This article provides an overview of common reactions to trauma, anger responses and coping strategies, and warning signs for serious emotional trauma.  Children who have suffered trauma previously may have stronger reactions to such events and show more significant signs of distress.  

    • In addition to these resources, attached is a guide entitled Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills.  While these drills are not new, this guide provides an appendix at the end that outlines key developmental considerations for students of varying ages specific to language, communication, and understanding.  This document could serve as a resource in the event you opt to conduct drills in the future.  However, it is important to consider timing as a drill could impact those students struggling to understand and process the most recent shooting. 

    The information above and attachments organized by Mrs. Reichard-Huff are from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

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  • Talking to Children About Violence: Tips For Parents and Teachers

    Talking to Children About Violence: Tips For Parents and Teachers

    High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. This article provides a guideline for parents when they discuss this issues with their children.

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  • Conversando con Ninos Sobre la Violencia: Sugerencias para Padres y Maestros

    Conversando con Ninos Sobre la Violencia: Sugerencias para Padres y Maestros

    Actos de violencia que reciben mucha publicidad, particularmente los que ocurren en las escuelas, pueden confundir y asustar a niños que tal vez pueden sentir que ellos o sus amigos y seres queridos corren peligro. Se dirigirán a los adultos para información y para saber como reaccionar. Los padres y el personal de las escuelas pueden ayudar a que los niños sientan seguros al establecer un ambiente de normalidad y seguridad y conversar con ellos sobre sus temores.

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  • Tips for Talking with Children about Violence

    Tips for Talking with Children about Violence

    A "chart" that provides keys taking points when discussing violent events with children.

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  • Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events

    Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events

    When a large-scale tragedy occurs, it can cause strong and deeply felt reactions in adults and children. How adults express their emotions will influence the reactions of children and youth. This article discusses how adults can model positive behavior by controlling anger and gives anger management tips for adults and children.

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