Many parents find it impossible to shield their children from the news. Kids of all ages hear stories everyday about violence and attacks on innocent civilians all over the world.
While many kids can process the information and shrug it off before going on with their lives, other children may become anxious and stressed about the thought of their own family or hometown being attacked by terrorists. To address this controversial topic in full, a Scottish town recently released the first kids film to discuss terrorism.
An Overview of the Film “Us/Them”
The film explores the internalized trauma experienced by two school-aged children who initially embarked on an innocent project of mapping their town. As they bicker about how the town should be drawn in chalk, the two reveal the trauma of having witnessed and been a part of a terrorist attack on their city.
The events in the film harken to real-life events of a terror attack that took place in Beslan, Russia. During the attack, which killed 52 children, parents and families watched the murders in horror. The surviving children likewise went on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
Despite being aired in the global media, the event was never approached or explained in a way that kids could understand. The “Us/Them” film is the first of its kind to attempt this monumental task.
The film opened to packed houses in Edinburgh, Scotland, suggesting that parents and families are eager to access a resource that could help them better explain the violence to their children. Children appear to be processing the details in the film well.
They leave theaters with a better understanding of what sometimes occurs in the world and what kind of risk they may face at some point themselves as adults. The film also could be a top contender for film and entertainment industry awards next year. The film is yet to be released to the global audiences.
The Topic of Terrorism for Children
Do parents and caretakers even need to talk about terrorism with their children? Parenting experts suggest that yes, adults should in fact talk about this difficult and controversial topic as soon as possible with their kids.
But how exactly do you talk about something that kids may never experience themselves or one that could result in the destruction and death of everything they know and love? It is indeed a difficult task.
Parenting experts suggest starting out slow by asking what kids want to know about terrorism. There is no need to offer more details than necessary if kids only want to know the basics, like in what countries the attacks took place. No need exists for going into gory details about the attacks on the news.
Likewise, parents and caretakers should keep the discussion short, simple, and in terms that kids can understand. They do not need to launch into a political discussion about radicalism, for example. Kids respond better to short, clear facts that they can understand at their ages.
Finally, talk about it only as often as needed. Kids do not need a daily briefing on the terrorist attacks in the world. Only talk about it as frequently as kids bring up the topic.
Many parents find that there is no way to shield kids from news of terrorist attacks around the world. Rather than hide the news, parents are encouraged to talk about the events in simple and factual terms with their children.
A new film in Scotland could also be a valuable resource in helping kids understand terrorist attacks. The film has opened to high reviews and could be released globally soon.
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