How To Talk With Your Children About War on Social Media
War and conflict have always been a part of our world, but today, we are bombarded with information and disturbing images faster and more graphically than ever. If it is upsetting to us, imagine how our children feel when exposed to this contact, whether on TV or online. Here are some ways to help our kids cope, according to UNICEF. Talk to your children about what they see and how they feel. Be calm and keep it age-appropriate. It is necessary to consider their age and maturity level, and you should tailor the conversation to fit your child’s age and level of understanding. Ensure you encourage your child to share his or her thoughts and feelings and answer questions and concerns. Simple and honest language is the best way to communicate with your children.
To provide further help, you can emphasize empathy and tolerance, provide historical context, limit their exposure to disturbing media, reiterate your love and support, encourage positive actions, teach about misinformation, and ask your child to show you what they think is “scary” to aid him or her in filtering out content that is triggering.
Limit exposure to the constant stream of sad and distressing news. Emphasize positive stories such as first responders assisting people. Be aware of their thoughts and feelings and keep checking in with them. Remind your kids that you’re always there to listen and offer support. Finally, remind your kids that our world still has good and kindness.
Here are eight tips to comfort and support your children from UNICEF>