Websites | School Violence Conversations

As the nations grapple with school shootings, K-12 educators, school counselors, and parents often seek advice on how to talk to their children about gun violence. Our office inquired with the Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands to gather resources on this topic.

Below are links the Center for Educational Justice recommends for educators and parents.


Talking to Children About Violence

The National Association of School Psychologists provides detailed guidelines on how to talk to children about violence and key areas to emphasize.

How to Talk to Your Child About Gun Violence and School Shootings

This article by is medically reviewed by a licensed clinical psychologist. It explains why conversations about gun violence is important to have with your child and the ways to discuss it.

An Age-Based Approach to Discussing News of School Shootings

How you talk to a five-year-old about school shootings may require a different approach than with a twelve-year-old. This guide from Common Sense Media provides an age-based strategy when talking about school shootings.

Trauma-Informed Approaches for School Personnel

Around 25% of US children will experience trauma before the age of 16 according to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. This resource from the same organization provides a library of guides on how to integrate trauma-informed teaching into your classroom.

When Trauma-Informed Teaching and Mindfulness Exercises Clash

Sam Himelstein, a clinical psychologist, trainer, and author explains the popularity of mindfulness exercises can lead to harm for children suffering trauma in this article by KQED.

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, text the free Crisis Text Line anytime at 741741 for anonymous support. If it is a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.