Parent Guides: Helping Our Children Feel Safe & Helping Families After An Emergency

250px-April_9thIn light of the tragedy in Connecticut, PBS has scheduled Arthur episode 710 “April 9th”, on Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00am and 4:00pm. This episode was created post 9/11 to help kids deal with fear after a scary incident, in this case a fire at Lakewood Elementary School.


safe_coverIn addition to the episode on Wednesday, there is a companion guide called “Helping Our Children Feel Safe” available on the Arthur website:


2012-12_parentguides_helpforeachotherEmergencies can be overwhelming, particularly for young children. Things can change suddenly, and maybe drastically. But even in the most difficult circum- stances, you can find strength and resilience within your family and community.

Understandably, your first priority is keeping your family safe. However, after the event, your comfort and support can significantly help your child and your whole family. There are simple ways you can soothe and reassure one another. Through your routines, you can bring a sense of calm into your lives.

To help adults and children cope with disasters, Sesame Street developed Here for Each Other, a resource that includes tips, ideas, and activities. In these pages, you’ll find ways to talk with your child about what happened while remaining hopeful for better things to come. With this information you can create a comfortable and caring environment, no matter where you are, even when you’re not surrounded by your own familiar things.


elmoSesame Street has also posted a number of supporting public service announcements discussing monitoring television viewing, stressful situations and emotions:

2012-12_parentguides_rogers“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
Mister Rogers

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