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January 7, 2021
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How to Talk to Kids about January 6 White House News

Thursday, January 7, 2021

The news of chaos at the White House on January 6 has been difficult for parents to explain to children. 

Here are some basics to help kids cope with the news and rumors they may hear.
  • Start a parent-child conversation about the news children have heard (or will hear soon). Ask them what they have heard, and if they have questions or thoughts about it. Explain what happened, or do some research together. Keep it simple and truthful.
  • Tell them you are here and they are safe
  • Explore the topic of unruly behavior and your own values.
  • Help kids cope with anxiety, fear and uncertainty. It's normal to feel these when something alarming happens.
Some helpful resources for that are below.


As yesterday’s events unfolded, educators and educational organizations put together resources.

Helping Our Children in Difficult Times
Tips from PBS Kids, featuring the children’s book character Arthur and his family.

How do I talk to young kids about scary events in the news?
Article from Commonsense Media about how to talk with children ages 8 and under about scary news.

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
Article from about helping children cope with bad news, personal or current events.

After a Crisis - How Young Children Heal
Tips for parents to help young children after a personal experience a scary event, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.