In a post 9/11 world, many fear their children may be at risk for terrorist attacks. This fear has existed in eras past, and it is important to educate children about terrorism and prepare them for potential attacks.
- Teach them about terrorism. If someone doesn’t even know what terrorism is, it would be much more difficult to protect them from it.
- Practice evacuation drills. If you’re a parent, your children are likely learning this at their schools as early as kindergarten. If you’re an educator and your place of employment does not practice these drills, speak out immediately.
- Have an emergency kit in your home. Fill it with batteries, non-perishables, bottled water, flashlights etc. and instruct your children to locate it in a crisis situation.
- Teaching a child about terrorism can be difficult. If he/she understands how and why this happens, they will have an easier time preparing for the possibility of it.
- When it comes to terrorism, be neutral about your description of a terrorist. For example, teaching a child that someone in traditional Muslim clothing is a terrorist is a xenophobic stereotype. Emphasize the fact that anyone is capable of being a terrorist, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.
- In your efforts to educate a child about terrorism, never try to scare them about it. This can leave them confused and distraught. Constant exposure to scare tactics can lead to paranoia.