December 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- People of all ages are struggling to comprehend the shootings that took place in Newtown, Conn. In particular, children and teens are likely struggling to make sense of the things they are seeing and hearing regarding the tragedy on television, at school, and among their peers. Many children will have questions and be in need of additional comfort in the coming days and weeks. San Diego County Library has put together a list of resources that parents can use to help answer questions and reassure children of their safety and comfort.
SDCL has a variety of titles that can be used to help parents, care-givers and educators as they talk with children.
Click on any of the books below to locate a copy or request one to be sent to your branch.
The following videos and online resources can provide additional assistance for parents and children coping with the recent tragedy.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
American Psychological Association:
Provides various resources for teachers and parents and “Talking to Children About Violence” tip sheets in several languages.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
National Institute of Mental Health:
The New York Times Health Section:
American Childhood Cancer Society helps children battle and overcome cancer
The Mesothelioma Group has a guide for teachers affected by mesothelioma and how to prevent asbestos exposure in schools: (http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/teachers/),