Talking to Kids about Israeli–Palestinian Conflict: Helpful Resources for Parents
The conflict between Israel and Palestine intensified this past weekend when Hamas attacked and murdered innocent civilians. Now at war both sides have innocents being killed, and the world is watching while many families, the elderly, and children lose their lives.
Here in New York, where we have the largest Jewish population outside Israel. While our Palestine community is smaller, they are also part of the fabric of New York.
While this war escalates, our children will undoubtedly hear and see the horrors that war brings to both sides. We have compiled a list of helpful resources to discuss with your children. Educating ourselves and our children opens the dialogue for understanding, critical thinking, and, most importantly, empathy. We will continue to add resources to this page.
Helpful Resources on speaking to kids of all ages on conflict, crisis and war
- How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War: Common Sense Media compiles advice and discussion openers designed to assist you in engaging with children of varying ages regarding challenging subjects.
- How to Talk to Your Children About Conflict and War: This helpful guide from UNICEF’s offers tips to support and comfort your children.
- Handle with Care: Supporting Young People During Crises: Learning for Justice provides suggestions and tools to support meaningful discussions with young individuals and to effectively navigate potential follow-up steps and responses..
Appropriate for Elementary School Students