Talking to children
about their safety
To guide parents
through discussions about fear and violence, the National Mental Health
Association offers the following suggestions:
Talk honestly about your own
feelings regarding violence. It is important for children to recognize they
are not dealing with their own feelings alone. Explain to your child that
these acts of violence are rare, and they cause feelings even adults have
trouble with. Explain that adults will always work very hard to keep children
safe and secure.
Create safety plans with your
child. Help identify which adults (a friend secretary, trusted neighbor or
security guard) your child can talk to if they should feel threatened. Also,
ensure that your child knows how to reach you.