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Resources for Talking to Children about Conflict and War

Dear parents and families,

In recent days and months, we have been seeing incidents of violence and trauma prominently featured in the media and online platforms. The heartbreaking images and stories we see online can often lack trigger warnings or filters, potentially leading to symptoms of traumatic stress in those who view them.

The images and stories that have surfaced are distressing and unsettling and can affect the emotional well-being of our students. We would like to reassure you that our school is here to support you in any way we can. If your child requires any assistance or guidance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

We are committed to providing resources, information, and counseling services to help everyone in our school community navigate these difficult times.

Thank you for your continued support.


Additional Resources:
How to Limit Graphic Social Media Content
A district resource for families to change settings on social media and other online platformsto limit what their child can see.
How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War (all ages): Common Sense Media gathers tips and conversation starters to help you talk to kids of different ages about the toughest topics.
Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of elementary school children: This article from the American Psychological Association can help adults guide their young children beyond fear and to resilience.
Resilience in a time of war: Tips for parents and teachers of middle school children: The American Psychological Association breaks out tips and strategies for parents and teachers of middle school-aged children.
Mental Health and Wellness Resources:
Kid’s Help Phone | Phone: 1-800-668-6868,
Fraser Health Crisis Line: 604-951-8855 or 1-877-820-7444 (toll-free)
Crisis Line for Indigenous Elders, Adults and Youth | Phone: 1-800-588-8717
Youth in BC