How to talk to kids about difficult topics

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 10:30am
Five Star Updates

To help families have those conversations, we've added age-appropriate tips

As a close-knit community, our thoughts are with the STEM School Highlands Ranch and the Douglas County School District. The incident of violence that occurred Tuesday, May 7 has the potential to affect each of us in the Five Star District. The media coverage will be extensive and may prompt questions and concerns from not only your children but from you as parents too. While we can’t control what is shared through the news media and social media, we can emphasize the resources and supports we have in place to provide for the physical, social and emotional well-being of our students, staff and families. It is important to share age-appropriate information with your child or they may fill in the blanks on their own which can be concerning if left to their own imagination or rumors. 

To help families have those conversations, we have added tips on how to talk to children about difficult topics such as this one on the district website. Some of the key points shared by the National Association of School Psychologists are:

  • Reassure children that they are safe.

  • Make time to talk.

  • Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.

  • Review safety procedures.

  • Observe children’s emotional state.

  • Limit television viewing of these events.

  • Maintain a normal routine.

For additional details on these key points and age-appropriate talking points, visit the district website

Additionally, if families need immediate support they can contact the Colorado Crisis Center by calling 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or texting TALK to 38255.