How to talk to children about the tragic event in Texas

From Riverside Community Care –


We are sharing information developed by the Riverside Trauma Center on how to help children cope with the frightening news about the Uvalde School Shooting. We hope these resources provide a source of comfort and support during this difficult time. Please feel free to share it with family and friends.  

A Personal Note in Response to Uvalde’s School Shooting  

After hearing the news of the mass murder of students and teachers in Texas, many of us will experience a range of reactions. This is especially true for children.  

Reactions may include emotions (sadness, anger, shock, fear, etc.), changes in thoughts (difficulty concentrating, repetitive thoughts of the situation), physical reactions (feeling sick, headaches, not sleeping well, etc.) and behaviors (returning to older behaviors such as bedwetting, needing physical closeness with parents, fighting more, etc.).  

Traumatic events often lead people to feel they have lost control of their sense of safety.

Here are resources on how to help children cope with the frightening news and their reactions:  

Talking with Children About Traumatic Events

Talking to Children About a Shooting (from

Children and Trauma    

Be well,

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