You can be sure that if your child has access to any sort of social media then they will have heard about the current conflict in Ukraine, and/or may have picked up information from friends. For many children, the events unfolding in Ukraine have now become more of a concern than Covid-19. You may be asking yourself whether you should be talking to your child about these world events. You may decide that avoiding the subject is the best way to avoid anxiety or alarm, but evidence suggests that having a supportive discussion about a stressful event can actually decrease anxiety. 

If you would like some advice about how to talk to your child about what's happening in Ukraine, please check out the following resources.

BBC Newsround Newsround offer lots of child-friendly videos and information for children, with advice to help them when they feel upset by the news. In view of the nature of the current news, you may wish to watch first to make sure that you are happy for your child to watch. Sit with them while they watch and help answer their questions afterwards. 

Department For Education has published a blog to help everyone have access to the facts, not misinformation. 

Children's Commissioner - Dame Rachel de Souza, blog with some advice on how to empower children, helping them to respond in a positive way to the current situation. 

Save The Children

How to talk to children about the invasion in Ukraine 

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