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In times of uncertainty or fear, it can be especially daunting deciding whether a child should be exposed to a topic that is frightening.


How and when to talk to children about war, according to a parenting expert

How and when to talk to children about war, according to a parenting expert


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Should I talk to my children about war?

The answer it depends on a number of factors, including the age of the child, the likelihood they will hear it from another source, and what your family’s relationship to the conflict is.

If for any reason you think your child is going to hear about this, then get to them and talk to them.

How to talk to your child about war

  • A useful place to start is by asking whether your child has heard about the conflict, and if so, what they have heard.
  • It is important to first “process your own feelings as parent and then figure out if you should talk to your child about it.
  • By entering the conversation wit...

The main messages

  • According to Dr Gilboa, these messages may be something like: “Our family is safe,” “oppression is wrong,” or “war is bad”.
  • If the child is older, it may mean they are “ready for a more nuanced convo about conflict, such as where ...

Social Media vs accurate sources

  • While social media can be a useful source of news, it can also be flooded with misinformation.
  • In the age of social media, parents should also be aware that their children may be exposed to information about the topic on platforms such as Twitter, TikTok or Instagram. 
  • If you...

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