Guidance for Coachella Valley families on speaking with children about violence
Coachella Valley parents are among those nationwide now faced with explaining the tragedy of mass shootings to their children. There is support for adults, like parents and school employees, to help young individuals feel safer, by establishing a sense of security and engaging with them about their fears.
Palm Springs Unified School District's Superintendent Dr. Mike Swize sent a letter to the school community Wednesday morning, saying "all of us here in Palm Springs Unified grieve
with those who have lost a loved one."
"If you find that your child(ren) are in need of emotional support as they process this difficult and potentially traumatic news, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school site administrator or
our mental health department."
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He also shared some resources for parents.
The National Association of School Psychologists released an article regarding talking to children about violence for Parents and Teachers.
These tips will help you create awareness of the student's emotions and give you ways to reassure their safety and their ability to cope. The recommendations include:
- Reassure children they are safe
- Make time to talk
- Be developmentally appropriate
- Review safety procedures
- Observe emotional state
- Maintain a normal routine
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To read the full letter sent to the Palm Springs Unified School District community, see below.