Talking with kids about the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
When global atrocities like the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza occur, we often want to protect and shield our kids from the ‘scaryness’ of the news. Our first inclination may be to turn off the TV when the news comes on or to remove their access to social media. But, avoiding the topic can actually lead to increased fear, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.
Avoidance doesn’t work. Avoiding talking about scary things does not make those scary things go away. And unless you keep your child in a bubble, you likely cannot protect them from hearing news about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Your child is likely to learn about the current crisis from social media, other kids at school, the internet, and friends.
Check out the resources below to help guide you in navigating tough conversations.