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11/29/22 blog post

how to talk with your kids about current events

our clinical experts share their tips for having tough conversations with your children


Watching the news can be tough for adults as fears and anxieties about what's happening outside of our control plays on a loop. Then, as parents, we want to protect our children from feeling fear about what's going on in the world and the disturbing images they may see on television.  However, as much as we would like to protect our children’s mental health, thoughts and feelings by shielding them from scary news or current events, they often become aware of them due to conversations with peers at school or through social media.

What is the best thing we can do as parents and caregivers when these things happen?

We can start a conversation with our children so they’re getting correct information and have an opportunity to share how they are feeling.

3 resources for supporting your child

  1. Access the On Our Sleeves guide for talking to kids about current events.
  2. To learn how to start and encourage conversations with children, click here
  3. For more information on helping a child deal with grief and loss, click here

If you’re looking for more ways to support others and discuss mental health, join the movement of On Our Sleeves. We believe that no family should struggle alone in their journey with mental health. Check out more resources and guides, here.