Talking to Children About Difficult Topics

Talking to your children about unexpected and scary events is never easy. We may assume we know what our children are thinking, but children are sensitive to grown-ups' emotions. They will always benefit from talking about their world and their feelings, and from knowing what to expect.

Below are some resources to help you and your family prepare for emergencies and cope after a tragedy or loss.

Thoughts from Mr. Rogers

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."

When Something Scary Happens

PBS Kids presents resources to help families cope in emergencies
and other challenging times.

When Families Grieve

Resources for talking with children about the loss of a loved one.

Unexpected Events & Emergencies

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood provides tips for helping children prepare for unexpected events and emergencies.

Coping After a Crisis or Emergency

Helpful hints for supporting children after they’ve experienced unexpected events.

Meet the Helpers

A public media initiative designed to introduce children to community helpers and practice emergency preparedness.

Community Violence

Whether children have been exposed to traumatic events in your neighborhood or across the world, you can help them feel safer and more secure.

Emergency Preparation

Sesame Street gives you tools to help children learn about emergencies in a calm and reassuring environment.

Support After An Emergency

Sesame Street provides simple and easy resources to help your family recover from an emergency, such as fire, flood or winter storm.