Upset by The News ?
In the light of recent events in the UK, some of our pupils have been upset by things they have heard on the news. We hope you find the following items useful.
Click here to read a BBC Newsround article on how to help children process and deal with upsetting things they may have heard.
Here is an article published in "First News" in the light of recent terror attacks. The article tells how to explain these things to children.
HOW TO EXPLAIN THE LONDON BRIDGE ATTACK TO CHILDREN
Don’t cover up your feelings if you are scared. Don’t worry quietly inside. Talk to someone — adults who you know, love and trust if you are worried about frightening news events.
When there is a big event in the news, lots of inaccurate information ends up on the internet so try to avoid it. Make sure you get your news from a trusted place. (Good places are the BBC Newsround and First News newspaper). Things that happen in the news will be talked about in the school playground or lunch hall, or in online chats. Better that you know the real facts, rather than hearing exaggerated or confused versions from other people. You need correct information, not misinformation.
Remember that terrorism has always been there—as far back as Guy Fawkes’
Gunpowder Plot in 1605. There were seven assassination attempts on Queen Victoria during her 63 year reign in the 1800s. For 30 years, Britain lived with bomb attacks from the IRA over the Northern Ireland troubles. But there is
always a solution. Right now, Islamic State (known as IS or Daesh) and other terror groups are trying to frighten the world into doing what they want. But, they will be defeated. There will be a solution. In the meantime, children will continue going to school, parents will continue going to work, families will continue to go to sports events, concerts and on holiday. Life continues.
The police are doing all they can to make sure that you are safe.
Remember, too, that there is much more good news than bad news happening. And that there are many more good people than bad people.
Hug your family a little bit closer and for a little bit longer.
Love is stronger than hate.
Advice taken from a recent article in First News, a newspaper publication aimed at children and young people.