Editor's note: See David Markus's latest blog, "One Week Later: Healing Sandy Hook."
Words fail. Our hearts are broken. Only deeds matter after tragedy takes away our children and the adults who teach and care for them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
President Obama spoke to the nation about this morning's heartbreaking events.
Below are resources we've gathered that may help you and your children in this wrenching time.
NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman spoke with Brian Williams about talking with your children regarding violence in schools. A brief overview of tips accompanies the video.
PBS Parents produced this package, which focuses on providing kids context for the news. Strategies for soothing and communicating with children following tragedies covered by the media are also included.
Tips, strategies, and impactful ways for parents to talk with their children about tragedies is covered in this article from Common Sense Media.
This Sesame Workshop resource for parents and caregivers provides an outline for responding to tragedy, including communication tips and strategies for support.
New York University's Child Study Center produced this guide for parents, which provides advice for helping teens cope with school violence.
Resources: Talking and Teaching About the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut (New York Times Learning Network)
A thorough list of links to New York Times content for teaching students about tragic events, as well as links to sources across the Web.
More Resources for Responding to Tragedy from Edutopia
- Helping Kids Recover from Trauma (2009)
- Lessons Learned: When a Student Dies (2011)
- When Will We Ever Learn?: Creating Nonviolent Schools Takes Time (2001)
- Hurricane Sandy: An SEL Lesson in Responding to Calamity (2012)
- Hurricane Katrina: When Calamity Invades the Classroom (2005)
More Resources From Around the Web
- How to Keep Schools Safe (Salon)
- Empower Students in the Face of School Violence (Kid Power)
- Helping Your Child Manage Distress (American Psychological Association)
- Helping Children Cope with School Violence -- PDF (Children's National Hospital)
- Best Resources on Talking with Children About Tragedies (Larry Ferlazzo)
- Coping with School Violence (PTA)
- Parenting in a Challenging World (National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- Parenting Resources for Traumatic Events (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)