Thursday, 18 December 2014

Questions children ask about Terrorism…

Questions children ask about Terrorism…
The Peshawar tragedy will bring with it a lot of fears and anxiety in young children. Some will be able to voice them and some will worry about it unable to ask the questions that are worrying them. It is important that as parents and teachers we support them in this period by ensuring that our own anxiety does not pass on to our children.
If you find a child withdrawn or has suddenly started exhibiting different behaviour, then maybe talking to the child or helping the child draw his/her emotions and thoughts can help.
Children will have a lot of questions and it is important that if children ask questions about the tragedy and its related factors that we reply to these questions with honesty and simplicity. It is better that they voice their questions to a trusted individual like a parent or teacher rather than being ignored.
Our replies will also give them an assurance that the adults are thinking about their safety and they will be able to get back their trust and feel more secure.
5 sensitive questions that children ask about terrorism and how to handle them appropriately.
1.     Who is a terrorist?
Ans- A terrorist is a person who hurts others and harms them. Sometimes even killing them.
2.     Why were they killing the children?
Ans- They wanted to harm people and they did not think whether the people they are killing are kids or teachers or parents.
3.     Were there no guards in the school to save the children?
Ans- Yes there were and the guards tried their very best to save the children and many were saved too.
4.     Will terrorists come to my school too?
Ans- Well your mummy and daddy and all of us in school are going to protect you and keep you safe.
5.     Will the terrorists be caught and punished?
Ans- Yes, all the police and army will now hunt them down and capture them soon.
Let us not ignore the anxieties that may be plaguing our young children as they see images or hear about the tragedy. Let us keep our children safe and secure in the knowledge that we are there for them.


39 comments:

Bhavna Dwivedi said...

This insight of how to deal with the anxiety of a child was much needed. The incident at Peshawar is splashed on all news channel,newspapers,networking sites and almost every household is discussing the same.
The young children who are exposed to the news through various mediums would be going through their own share of anxieties and would have a list of unanswered questions which perhaps the parents will try to avoid answering fearing that they might further harm their child but the truth as evident from this article is that the more we discuss and give logical answers to our children the more we help them overcome their fears and come out as confident and emotionally secure individuals.
A much recommended article at this moment where the world is still recouping from the most inhuman incident in recent times.Regards,Ms. Bhavna

nagpur jumbo kid said...

Its Really true .The incident of Peshawar has created very bad impact on children's mind .Their anxiety needs to be answered.Difficulties are inevitable. The important thing is how we transform them, changing poison into medicine ,and use them as the driving force for fresh growth and progress .
Mam .The simple answers you have given for such difficult question are appreciable.Which every parent can use for answering the anxiety of their ward .

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Uma Wagh PJK Jalgaon said...

Ma'am totally agree listening is very important, we can help kids by listening and responding in an honest and supportive manner.By creating open environment where they feel free to ask questions, and giving students activities where they can share what are they feeling.We can help them reduce the possibilities of emotional difficulties.

Pjk Baroda said...

Any tragedy, whether a natural calamity or man made is indeed unfortunate. The need of the hour is to be prepared, physically and mentally. Adult need to realize that their reactions and discussions in front of children have a tremendous impact on them and may cause anxiety and even fear. Ma'am, your message will empower those who read it with the necessary understanding of how to deal with such situations.

Kalpana Mahalwar said...

Its true if inquisitiveness of the children are not satisfied from right source, they will start relying on others for satisfying the same, sometimes it may not be the right person.
The questionnaire, given directly answers the probable questions, in an age appropriate and excellent manner.

Sridevi Mentor said...

Adult need to help children when the world seems dangerous. Media makes to understand only how the terrorist can harm other but not on how to handle a child's curiosity in know what is terrorism. As an adult we need to understand their emotional reactions and make them to understand the situation by giving them the opportunity to discuses the situation. Make them aware of the reality will make a child to cope up with the emotional skills.

Mentor Sarina said...

A great help to parents and teachers to deal with the query and anxiety of little children who may not really understand the act and may not be able to word it.
Each adult around the child should make the child comfortable and relaxed in this scenario so that they are emotionally secure.
Thank you for sharing such an important message and guidance.

Bhosari Pjk said...

Very truly said the child's anxiety need to be answered in a very simple & positive way.As an parent & teachers it our responsibility to make our kids feel secure & safe in all circumstances.We as an team of PJK,Bhosari ensure you that we will be looking on every aspect of child's safety & security.We will also make our parents & surrounding aware of the same.Once again thank you for sharing the article & guiding us to answer the kids questions in a simplified way.

jayshree shah said...

This article is very sensitive and at very right time as the latest tragedy at Peshawar will have many fears and questions in child's mind .Parents and teachers anxiety does not pass on to our children ,give correct & simple answers to your children when they ask question make them feel secure is very important is my learning from this article.A must read article for every one who is dealing with children.

Podar Jumbo Kids Nandurbar said...

The child anxiety needs to be answered in the positive way so that they feel secure & safe.Adults should give correct and simple answers to children question's so that they feel confident and emotionally secure.
Thank you for sharing such a helpful article with all of us.

Jumbo Kids Nashik said...

Thank you ma'am for sharing how anxiety in kids can be handled appropriately. This will help all those who deal with kids to emotionally make kids feel secure.

PJK Vadgaon said...

Thank you for sharing such a helpful article with all of us.This will help teachers and parents to make feel kids emotionally secure.

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kamal said...

A very informative article. Yes the incident at Peshawar has brought about a lot of fears and anxiety in young child infact in everyone.But by this article is gives us an insight how to answer difficult questions which every parent and teachers could use to answer their children.

Snehal Pjk said...

Thank you for guiding & recommending proactive measures that how to deal with such situation when kids asked sensitive things both at the level of collective societies and the individual parent-child level, it is important to build this feeling of safety, as fear and insecurity tends to build adults who may then "take to other forms of aggression as a response to unaddressed feelings of insecurity and fear", building aggressive societies . The basic message: don't dither, talk. Talk responsibly to your children before the fear sets in and it is too late.

Sonali Karmakar said...

Thank you ma'am on behalf of PJK Plus Vile Parle for sharing such important message . Your guidance will definitely help us to deal with such innocent, sensitive yet meaning questions It is a very informative and sensitive article must say. Indeed it is important to make children feel safe and secured that we are always there with them.

Namita Mentor said...

This article is a guidance for us as in today's scenario most of the children are anxious and as well as curios to know what all had happened at Peshawar.

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Jumbo Kids Kharghar said...

Thank you Ma'am for your timely guidance to teachers & parents for handling such kind of sensitive situation with kids.

Podar Jumbo Kids, kalyan said...

Thank you for guiding us on this sensitive topic as this helped us to handle the fear and curiosity among kids.

Pjk Bengaluru CBSE said...

This article awaken us not to ignore any of the anxiety or fear the children might be exposed to in the path of life to lead a fearless happy and funfilled life

namrata singh said...

As nowadays children are more attentive and closer to T.V and they come to know what is happening all around.The tragedy which happened in Peshawar has raised many questions in child's mind.This article which will really help us to give answers to their probing questions in excellent manner.

Veena Sangli said...

Thank you Ma'am for guiding us on such very sensitive topic.This will help adult to handle and give simple answers to the probing questions of children.such simple answers will also bring the feeling of safety and security in their mind.

Abhaya K- PJK Bangalore-1 said...

This article gave us a clear cut idea how to pacify the children in such situations.We should be well prepared to answer the anxiety of the children.

Sapna Belliappa said...

The children are exposed to so much of news through different medias and come up with lot of question due to the anxiety and inquisition.The blog in turn gives us a hands on on how to handle this as adults and educators and make them overcome their insecurity
and fear.

PJK Patiala said...

Peshawar tragedy has, no doubt, been very ungallant and unmanly but it is the need of the hour that on one hand we have to prepare ourselves to take the best protective measures and on the other hand we have to ensure that the tender hearts of our young generations do not get terrified.
This wonderful article is surely going to help all of us answer the questions of our tiny but intelligent minds

Shimoga Pjk said...

Peshawar tragedy...we had never seen nature so red in tooth and claw!!!
But now is the time to handle the tender and high sensitive minds of our young ones. This blog is definitely has provided us an insight to handle the queries of little minds.

Jumbo Kids Akola said...

Its true that we usually ignore the questions asked by kids.But after reading this blog, it is very important to answer the anxiety of children and we as an adult should first know how to answer the questions and should deal with confidence.

Pruthviraj Chavhan said...

It is very true mam that how does terrorism act so rudly to kill small kids because of it my kid RUTURAJ CHAVHAN (1st in pws nagpur koradi}has so afraid that he does not want to go to school pls tell his mam to dared him

Pruthviraj Chavhan said...

It is very true mam that how does terrorism act so rudly to kill small kids because of it my kid RUTURAJ CHAVHAN (1st in pws nagpur koradi}has so afraid that he does not want to go to school pls tell his mam to dared him

Pruthviraj Chavhan said...

good

Jumbo Kids, Chakan said...

The question and answer in this article are definately going to heip us as a parent and a teacher.We have to make the children realise that they are safe and we are always there for them.

PJK,Nigdi said...

Thank you ma'am.As a parent or teacher,we should know to give right answers to children's questions.so that they feel safe and secure.

Pjk Ujjain said...

Thank you mam for guiding us on how to answer questions of children on terrorism.

Manju Joshi said...

How you talk and prepare your child makes a difference. If we are annoyed at the questions kids may get tensed or afraid when they face any such calamity which may be natural or man made. We need to work for the betterment of tomorrows citizens and this blog helps with most alarming calamity of the world which has emerged to large extent this days.

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shilpa said...

This is really put in best manner and made us to know how important to convey incidence in proper way to our wards.