How to Talk to Kids about School Shootings?

How do I talk to my kids about school shootings? I have been living abroad and my family and I just moved back to the United States. My kids grew up in a different country where firearms were illegal for citizens to own. My son just started 2nd grade today and I realized he probably doesn't know about school shootings. It hurts my heart that this is a subject that I need to talk to him about. I don't know what needs to be said. What have you told your kids?


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September 6, 20190 found this helpful

Contact a guidance counselor at school,Goggle how to talk to your child,if you want to pursue this yourself!

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September 6, 20190 found this helpful

In our school we talk about the fact that school shootings are still not the norm, and we want to follow certain rules to make sure that only people who belong in the building are there. Your childs school will be taking about it a lot.

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September 7, 20190 found this helpful

This is one of the best sites I have read about this topic:


I know from my nephews and friends' grands that the things to remember are to keep it age appropriate (use examples from the books or TV shows they watch) and to listen more than you talk. Sometimes they just need to express their questions and feelings and the answers are not as important as the expressing their fears and feelings.

Since you are starting from scratch so to speak, you may just want to start with a discussion that is as simple as you may notice now that when we are back in the US things are different from when we were in XXX. I am always here for you if you want to talk about what you are seeing and hearing.

The other thing is to give it as a brief little civics lesson to help them learn about US laws and how they work (and don't always work).


Pinterest of all places has a TON of cool visuals you could use for age appropriate discussions. Just type in 2nd grade civics lessons. There are lots of examples that you can pick from!

Prayers for your kids and all of us!!

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