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If you find a child withdrawn or has suddenly started exhibiting different behaviour, then maybe talking to the child or helping the child draw his/her emotions and thoughts can help.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.