The December 17, 2012 ExchangeEveryDay, Talking to Children about the Shooting, has links to several articles about helping children to deal with the most recent shooting in Newtown.
The children in our care may face a traumatic event in their lives. It could be an individual event, such as separation from a close family member, or a community event, such as a flood or tornado. Children may also be maltreated or exposed to violence. Children and families need support from caregivers as they with deal with traumatic events.
Below is a set of resources gathered by the Penn State Better Kid Care Program for responding to and assisting children and their families who have faced challenging or even devastating circumstances. We are also providing links to other resources which are grouped by topic. Jump directly to information on Natural Disasters, Child Maltreatment, Bullying/Violence/Terrorism, Coping with Stress and Traumatic Events
Terrorism, TV and Our Children – From Better Kid Care, an article by James Van Horn, Ph.D., CFLE, discusses the effect of terrorism coverage and heavy viewing of violence on TV.
If you have any questions about the resources, how to use ideas, or would like help in finding other resources, please call the Better Kid Care Mentoring Line at 800-859-8340 or e-mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue University Health and Human Sciences Extension
Resources for helping families and children deal with negative situations. Here is their fact sheet on how children might be affected by a natural disaster.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information for individuals and families on preparing for and coping with a disaster or traumatic event.
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Disaster resources for families for disaster planning and for coping with disasters and traumatic events.
Child Care Aware
A program of NACCRA (National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. Resources to help families prepare for disasters and to help children deal with the aftermath.
University of Illinois Extension
A set of disaster fact sheets for dealing with the aftermath of a natural disaster and responding to children.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Fact sheets for families on steps to take to begin recovering and rebuilding after a disaster and how to help children cope with a disaster.
University of Michigan Health System
Fact sheet on helping children cope with disasters.
Child Welfare Information Gateway- From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website has information on how to respond to child abuse and neglect.
NCTSN - The National Children’s Traumatic Stress Network has information on trauma topics for practitioners and families. Here is their tip sheet on children disclosing sexual abuse to parents and caregivers.
SAMHSA - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has information on a variety of behavioral health and prevention topics. Here is their tip sheet for talking with children about traumatic events.
Prevent Child Abuse America – Resources, programs, and national awareness campaigns focused on preventing child abuse.
The National Children’s Advocacy Center - Resources and programs for preventing child abuse for individuals, families, and the community.
Welfare Reform Academy – A comprehensive set of training materials on recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.
PA Dept. of Public Welfare – CHILDLINE Information – Child care provider information on mandated reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and neglect in Pennsylvania.
Look Out for Child Abuse - An online statewide resource in Pennsylvania that helps users report suspected abuse.
Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania - A program of the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a chapter of the Prevent Child Abuse America organization. Their work focuses on public awareness and participation in the prevention of child abuse, policy and advocacy, and using evidence-based prevention programs for children, caregivers and parents.
Stopbullying.gov - Warning signs that a child is involved in bullying, either being bullied or bullying others. From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice.
education.com - Information and resources for identifying and addressing bullying at school and online.
KidsHealth.org - From the Nemours Foundation, information for children, teens, parents, and educators on bullying.
It’s My Life - From PBS Kids, this website has information written for kids on bullying and interacting with peers.
National Institute of Mental Health - Resources for families to help children cope with violence and disasters.
SAMHAS - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has information and resources for responding to violence and terrorism from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence - Fact sheets and resources on childhood exposure to violence to help families and educators learn about the issue.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Fact sheet on the effects of TV violence and TV news on children and ideas for addressing issues with children.
Arizona State University - Web page with resources for learning about the effect on children of various types of violence.
Fact sheet on signs of stress for children of all ages.
Purdue University Health and Human Sciences Extension
Resources for helping children deal with stress and fears.
Healthy Children – From the American Academy of Pediatrics, articles on emotional wellness for young children.
ECELS – Healthy Childcare PA – From the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, ECELS has a variety of health resources for early education and child care providers.
helpstartshere.org - From the National Association of Social Workers, resources for helping children and families deal with a variety of family and children’s issues.
NYU Child Study Center
Fact sheet on helping children cope with traumatic events.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Resources for responding to traumatic events and helping child cope with stress.