Students feel uncertain in the wake of the nation's latest school shooting in Uvalde, Texas--here's how to help them process school violence.

How to talk to your students about trauma and school violence


Students are likely to be anxious, scared, and feeling uncertain in the wake of the nation's latest school shooting, this time in Uvalde, Texas--here's how to help them process the events

3. The American Psychological Association offers a number of tips for parents to discuss school trauma with their children–tips that educators can pass on to parents or can adapt for their schools and classrooms. Children often find home to be their safe space when they’re overwhelmed or when the world is upsetting. They might go home in search of a safe feeling, and educators and parents can work together to make classrooms and homes feel as safe and reassuring as possible.

4. This resource from Common Sense Media breaks down advice by age range and includes a number of tips and safe ways to broach the topic of school violence.

5. The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement helps educators and parents work through school violence with students. Parents and teachers can begin by asking students what they understand about the events, telling the truth, and listening.

6. The American School Counselor Association offers myriad resources on school violence, including what to do in the days immediately following a school shooting and how to help students work through their feelings.

Laura Ascione

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