127: Talking to Kids About Mass Shootings
Since March 16, a day marked with shootings across Atlanta spas, there have been over 45 mass shootings in the United States. You, our listeners, reached out to Kelly and JJ to ask how to talk to the young people in your lives about these mass shootings, and gun violence more broadly. To best answer your questions, we reached out to the great Nancy Kislin, LCSW, MFT, who has been a therapist specializing in helping adults reach anxious kids for almost 30 years. She is also the author of the book "LOCKDOWN: Talking to Your Kids about School Violence," and frequently educates on how adults can help children navigate a difficult world. In this very special episode, Nancy answers your questions directly, and provides very important guidance that can help us all.
Mentioned in this podcast:
- How to talk to children about shootings: An age-by-age guide (Time)
- How to support survivors and people impacted by gun violence (Brady)
- The End Family Fire toolkit (End Family Fire)
- How to talk to kids about mass shootings and attacks (Psychology Today)