It’s difficult for children to understand the magnitude of the 9/11 tragedy. As a parent, it can be difficult to speak to your children about difficult topics in our history. While it’s not easy, it’s better to educate children at a young age so we’ve come up with a few ways to talk to your kids.
Ask what they know
This was a major part of our history. They may have learned about it in school, saw it online, or heard it on TV. Ask them if they’ve ever heard of 9/11 and to explain what they know. This will give you a solid starting spot.
Clear up any misconceptions
While they may know some things, they probably don’t know the details. They may have even retained incorrect
information over the years. Tell them what is true and what isn’t.
Keep it simple
They don’t need to know the politics behind the attack. Tell them the short and simple truth. Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Many fireman and police officers stepped up to help. Emphasizing the heroes will make the story less scary.
Limit exposure to photo/video
There are a lot of disturbing images and photos from that day. They don’t need visuals to understand the story.
Know your child
Depending on the age and maturity level of your child, you may want to take a slightly different approach. Tailor this educational experience to meet your child’s personality.
Assure their safety
Terrorism is a scary thing for children to comprehend. Remind them that they are safe. There are a lot of people to protect you. Remind them of the heroes who helped out during 9/11. Putting a positive spin on the conversation can keep your child from being afraid.