This is an important article that should be shared with all parents, teachers, and individuals who work with youth…
Source: When a Child Dies by Suicide – Richmond Family Magazine
This is a great article and resource for anyone who works with children.
I remember 3.5 years ago coming home from being out of town and finding out one of my daughter’s classmates was killed in a tragic accident. The child was 6 years old. My daughter and this child were friends.
The school had counselor’s onsite to debrief the kids and the teachers… this is needed and it is important to have a separate conversation with the class of students that a child was in, to the ability of the age of the children to understand. The teacher can be instrumental in helping as well as questions will come up later.
Death is a part of life whether we like it or not. “To be born, we must die.” The cycle of life… teach children about death and dying talking about plants, trees, flowers and pets. This is often the first exposure to death.
Source: Grief In The Classroom: ‘Saying Nothing Says A Lot’ : NPR Ed : NPR
This article worries me. As a mom with a teenager, I am super involved in my kids lives, show interest, ask questions, encourage their friends to come over and limit the electronic use.
I insist on eating dinner together as much as possible, family movie night, and time alone with each of my kids.
Conversations are meant to occur in person or on the phone vs. through text, social media, etc.
Social media has opened alot of doors for people across the world, but for me it is to the purpose of sharing information, collaborating, resource information-professional reasons.
Be involved with your kids lives. Spend time with them, ask questions…
Source: Teen suicides eclipse homicides, and smartphone use could play a role – Business Insider