HOW TO RESPOND TO CHILDREN AND TEENS IN A CRISIS GENERATED BY HUMANS
Adults must remember that younger children view such violence as unfair, and since children want to view the world as a fair place, this may be the first challenge of their worldview.
There is often not an answer to “why?” Educators must recognize that the question is an indication of the children’s fears. They need to be reassured not just of their safety, but of their worth. Children often feel that if they are “bad” they will get hurt as well.
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