Talking to Children About the News

In the wake of a day full of terrible news, we find ourselves baffled.  We, as adults, have a hard time taking it all in, how are our children coping?  Do they notice?  Are they scared? They're asking questions, how much of the 'truth' should I tell them?  We've compiled resources from child care and parenting publications to help you with these questions and more.

  • PBSKids provides several different approaches for talking to your kids about the news through their main categories which are “Talking and Listening,” “Working it out through play,” “Age by Age Insights” and “Discussion Starters.”
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) compiled resources from around the web about coping with violence and traumatic events, Coping With Violence.
  • Press4Kids Inc. worked with child psychologists for this list to help if children are upset by the news.  Some tips for the older kids on how to approach their feelings regarding the news.
  • Boston Marathon Bombing: How to Talk to your Kids from ABC News.  Watch a clip from ABC news or read the transcript regarding the bombing specifically.
  • provides some background regarding how children perceive the news and then gives some pointers for helping children deal with that perception.
  • Parenting magazine has 5 Tips on Talking to Kids about Scary News
  • Parents Connect (from Nickelodeon) has some tips about addressing the news with children.  Dr. Coleman says to search for concerns, involve them in their daily activities, be willing to have more talks later on and more.
  • Ch1ldren Now has suggestions for daily news consumption.  Open communication and age appropriateness are key parts of this article. 

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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building