In order to support parent efforts in communicating with children about the horrific tragedy in Newtown please refer to the following resources:
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and TeachersNational Association of School Psychologists http://www.madison.k12.ct.us/uploaded/docs/violence/Talking_to_Children_About_Violence_-_NASP.pdf
Helping Young Children Cope With Trauma: American Red Crosshttp://www.madison.k12.ct.us/uploaded/docs/violence/Red_Cross_children_and_trauma.pdf
Helping Kids During Crisis: American School Counselor Associationhttp://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?contentid=672
Talking to Children about Community Violence: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatryhttp://www.aacap.org/cs/root/resources_for_families/talking_to_children_about_community_violence
Talking with Kids About News: PBS Parents Talking with Kids About Newshttp://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/
The above resources are also posted on the district website http://www.madison.k12.ct.us.