Are you wondering how you should speak to your child about terrorism and the threat?

Since the Paris attacks in 2015 the NSPCC Helpline and Childline have been contacted by adults and children worried about terrorism and the impact it has on young people.

These services are a place for adults and children to turn to when they need support, advice, or just someone to listen to their concerns. If asked, both services will pass on the Counter Terrorism’s Run, Hide, Tell message.

NSPCC’s Advice for parents >>>

What can parents do to talk to their children about what’s happened?

Listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries.

Do not panic a child by speculating on reasons or fears of future attacks.

Offer reassurance and comfort and avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could leave them more frightened and confused.

Help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings

Children can always contact Childline, adults can contact the Helpline free and confidentially 24/7 on 0808 800 5000

Supporting children worried about terrorism

Our advice can help parents talk to their children worried about recent events.

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