How to Talk to Your Children About Gun Violence
Introduction: Meet the Panelists
Question 1: Should I wait for my child to ask me or approach them?
Question 2: How old should my child be to talk about gun violence?
Question 3: Is there an age that children are developmentally ready for these discussions?
Question 4: What is the line between providing too much information and not enough information?
Question 5: How does a parent / guardian dispel a rumor about guns and gun violence that a child comes home with?
Question 6: Is it okay to keep the news on around young children?
Question 7: What is appropriate to discuss when the topic of gun violence comes up around your children's friends?
Question 8: What type of language is being used in school to discuss these topics?
Question 9: Should parents use similar language to the language being used in schools?
Question 10: For families that do own guns, what is the best way to have this discussion with their children?
Question 11: What do you tell a child when they ask why someone would commit a violent act?
Question 12: How should we encourage children to speak up when they see or hear problematic behavior from their peers?
Question 13: What type of play is best for coping with trauma?
Question 14: Given the prevalence of violent toys and video games, how do parents help their children distinguish between play and reality?
Question 15: Is there a correlation between violent games and committing acts of violence?
Question 16: How do parents manage their own anxiety about these issues without projecting on to their children?
Question 17: If a parent is concerned about their child's behavior, what do you recommend?
If you have any questions or concerns please contact your pediatrician, your child's school counselor, or other professional help.