When the World Feels Scary: How to Talk to Children and Support Them

Whether it’s a natural disaster, an act of violence, an act of war, or an upsetting global event, children look to parents and caregivers for answers to their difficult questions. But how do we talk to our kids about these scary topics? In this short video, we provide strategies for creating the security and comfort your child needs to feel safe when the world is scary.


More Resources:

  • Children’s lives are marked by change. But what should you do when that change includes stressful situations, turbulent times, and tragic events? Watch this on-demand webinar to gain strategies to support your family: “What Happened to My World?” Helping Children Cope
  • Learn what you can do to help children feel safe and secure when stress and trauma disrupt your child’s life in this podcast episode: Teach. Play. Love. Episode 36: What Happened to My World?
  • Originally created in response to 9/11, and updated in 2020 in response to the pandemic, the “What Happened to My World?” book helps parents and caregivers understand how children process troubling world events and offers strategies to help children cope. 

Written by: Leaders in Early Childhood Education for 30 Years

May 31, 2022