Talking to Children About Violence

How to Talk to Kids About the Newtown School Shooting
Michele Borba, parenting expert

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Your Children About the Connecticut School Shooting
Interview with Dr. Stephen R.Sroka, Ph.D on WKYC in Cleveland, OH

Talking to my children about the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary
Dr. Matt Davidson, President, Institute for Excellence & Ethics


Parenting Resources from Center for the 4th and 5th Rs
Founded by education professor, psychologist and CEP Board member Dr. Thomas Lickona, the Center is a part of the State University of New York at Cortland and aims to promote the development of moral and performance character in schools, families, and communities. The Center co-sponsors the Smart & Good School initiative, which includes free resources, a quarterly newsletter of best practices, and a research report; offers assessment instruments and other character education resources, such as books, articles, Spanish-language materials, classroom strategies, and parenting resources; and provides presentations and seminars for educators and parents.

Connect With Kids
CWK is a multimedia education company focused on improving the social and emotional well-being of children and teens. CWK’s mission is to connect kids with adults, using the power of real stories on video, television and the internet. Resources include DVDs, books and television programs that profile real kids, parents and experts talking about difficult issues like bullying, stress and drugs.

Education World: Parent Involvement in Schools
Parent involvement in schools is much more than parent conferences and PTOs… In the resources below, learn about practical ways in which schools are involving parents. Read about parent involvement strategies that are working for others — and that could work for you!

Great Schools
Parent resource sections include information on bullying, behavior and discipline, social skills, stress management, emotional well-being, academic skills, and learning activities, among others. Interactive community conversations and a blog provide additional resources.

Growing up Drug-Free: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention (2012)
The U.S. Department of Justice partnered with the U.S. Department of Education to revise this publication that was originally published in 1998. The 55-page booklet is organized in 6 major sections: 1) How This Book Will Help You? 2) What Substances Do Kids Use? 3) Why Do Kids Use Drugs? 4) How Do I Teach My Child About Drugs? 5) What If I Think My Child is Using Drugs? 6) Resources. Parents and caregivers will find this publication a user-friendly and valuable guide for what to do and how to communicate about the harmful effects of illicit drugs and alcohol to children from elementary through high school.

Inspire My Kids
InspireMyKids.com is where you can find real-life stories to share with — and inspire — the kids in your life.

Learn and Serve
Ways for parents to engage with their children through service learning.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education: Developing Partnerships
Advocates the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation’s young people.

National Parent Teacher Association
provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child and the best tools to help their children be safe, healthy, and successful in school and in life.

Partners Against Hate
Partners Against Hate was a collaborative project of the Anti-Defamation League, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and the Center for Preventing Hate, which offered promising education and counteraction strategies for young people and the wide range of community-based professionals who work and interact with youth, including parents, law enforcement officials, educators, and community/business leaders.

Search Institute
The American Family Assets Study presents a compelling national portrait of families. It introduces a new framework of Family Assets—relationships, interactions, opportunities, and values that help families thrive. These assets are associated with positive outcomes for young teens and their parenting adults, explaining more of the differences in outcomes than many demographics and other individual and family characteristics explain.

The Virtues Project
The Virtues Project began with an idea — that all children are born with the virtues in potential, and that when parents and educators awaken these gifts of character, we can change the world.