How do you talk about tough topics with your kids?
It seems that each day there is a new world event to interpret. When it comes to talking to kids, how do we know what to share? Some current events can be confusing and, at times, scary. But, staying up to date is important and so is communicating with kids about what’s going on.
Recently, leaders from the EU and 19 other countries gathered in Germany for the G20 Summit. For older kids who may have heard of some specific areas of the Summit through friends or during summer activities, consider a few simple tips to continue the conversation in a productive way (and tips to help start the conversation during the next big event).
Stick to the Facts
News can often be sensationalized with reporter opinions, pictures, or commentary. Delivering the facts will help kids understand the larger meaning of each event. The G20 Summit can be used as an opportunity to learn about the economy and how it works.
Use What You Know
Learning about the world can be a great way for kids to practice making connections. In classrooms and at home, children are tasked with group projects or collective tasks. Consider using this same concept to explain why leaders from around the world have gathered together at the G20 Summit.
For younger children, the news itself can sometimes offer too much. Filtering the news will keep them informed without the potential of overwhelming them. For teens, try reading or watching some of the coverage together and offering support or clarification when needed.
The world is always changing and choosing what to share with children can be a challenge. There are many kid-friendly websites that deliver the news in simple and effective ways. When kids ask the hard questions, consider exploring these resources.
Organized by age-based categories, DOGO News features the latest news from Science, Social Studies, Sports, World, Environment, Fun, and even has a special section for Current Events.
New York Times Learning Network
Perfect for students, parents, and teachers, the Learning Network is an interactive platform for world news and the arts. Attached to each article are discussion questions designed to strengthen comprehension skills. The Learning Network makes the news family-friendly by offering free lesson plans for various topics, like Current Events, English, and Social Studies.
Scholastic News Online
Featuring both articles and videos, Scholastic News Online offers resources for children and parents. Current events can be accessed by level, kindergarten through seventh-grade.
As future leaders, kids should be informed. With a plan and family-friendly resources, sharing current events is easy to do.
Erin Navaro, an Ohio native, is a young professional who works with older adults, supporting them in every stage of their care. Curious about the world, Erin has lived and worked in Tanzania and India, finding inspiration from the people and cultures that have hosted her along the way. To see what’s next, connect with her on LinkedIn.