Our hearts are broken by the school massacres and racist shootings that continue to take place. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their communities and in their classrooms and we know it can be so difficult knowing how to talk about this with our kids.
We’ve taken a little time to consider how we can best support our community in light of these devastating tragedies. We’re going to share some resources for parents and educators by individuals and organizations we trust.
If you are an educator and you’re looking for expanded resources, we will be including some in our next Book Report. Please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
Resources for Families/Educators
YouTube Story Time Read-Aloud: The Breaking News - by Author/Illustrator Sarah Lynne Reul
YouTube Story Time Read-Aloud: Something Happened In Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice
NASP Article: Talking to Children About Violence: Multilingual Tips for Parents and Educators
Colorín Colorado Article: 15 Tips for Talking with Children About Violence
ADL Article: Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate (English/Spanish)
CNN: To cope with release of violent videos, manage stress and know your own limits
ProjectLETS: Race and Mental Health
ProjectLETS: Therapy for Black Girls PDF
Center for Racial Healing: Meditations (This one includes a book list for adults)
Mental Health America: Racial Trauma
@SaveTheChildren: How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings
@Liberated_Sel: After a School Shooting
@TheMomPsychologist: Age Appropriate Ways to Talk to Kids About Mass Shootings
@BrittHawthorne: How to Talk to Your Kids About the Buffalo, NY Shooting (15 Minute Video)
@MovementGenius: Free Mental Health Resources from Movement Genius
@DRBeckyAtGoodInside: A Guide for When Bad Things Happen
@Amplify.RJ and @TeachAndTransform: Messages of Encouragement, Hope and Support From Educators to Educators
@MaiStoryBookLibrary: Books to Support Kids Through Grief and Trauma