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How to talk about Monday's bomb attack

Are your children and young people asking about Monday's bomb attack in Manchester?

With the UK terror threat level now raised to critical, other attacks are thought to be "imminent".

Sam Feeney from Centre 33, which counsels young people across Cambridgeshire, has shared some advice on how to be mindful of talking about terror and terrorism with kids, young people and each other:


  • reassure that these attacks are still very very rare even if they are terrible when they happen
  • normalise feelings of anxiety, anger, worry, upset, etc and say they are natural feelings we can all have when something horrific and unnatural happens
  • check: how appropriate your own response and feelings are? Beware of projecting your own anxieties, prejudices and wobbles on others
  • help identify difference between 'facts' and 'opinions' and 'feelings' and be curious about where they find out information and news from 
  • contain any feelings of shock or disappointment if a child or young person tells you something that really concerns you e.g. videos they might have seen or shared. Be curious about where they came across it without shaming before challenging the content or meaning and committing to keeping the conversations open share experiences of how others have coped and been resilient through traumatic experiences 
  • get additional support if anyone is experiencing acute or prolonged distress - ask teachers or GP to signpost or refer for counselling 

Centre 33 details


More advice

The BBC website has an article on how to talk to children about terrorist attacks. Read it here

Wednesday, May 24, 2017