Kids are more in tune with world affairs than you might realize. As a matter of fact, there has been a rise in minors using Twitter to keep up with the news.
While it’s great that they’re interested in staying up to date, kids can get more and more anxious and fearful.
So, although they might seem ok or unphased about what’s going on, start asking questions. The first thing you want to know is how much they know.
Before you start this conversation with them, consider a game plan. You might be surprised about what they could tell you.
First of all, ask open-ended questions. Example: What have your friends been sharing about the conflict in Ukraine? How do you and your friends feel about the school shootings in the U.S.?
Validate their feelings. Kids have a right to feel what they feel because their emotions are real to them.
Answer their questions with the truth. When you do this, adjust your language...
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