December 14, 2012 was a horrific day for children and families in Newtown, Connecticut, and vicariously for the rest of the world as people learned of the school shooting. By day’s end, authorities said 20 children and eight adults were dead, shot by a 20-year-old.
In this age of 24-hour news, it is hard to keep such horror away from children. Their reactions will vary based on their age and development levels. Extension has resources for parents and teachers to help the children cope with their feelings and fears.
MissouriFamilies.org provides a table showing ages, developmental stages, and the children’s possible responses, and practical things you can do to help children and teens cope. Other resources may be found on the University of Minnesota Extension and the EDEN sites.
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