02-15-2018 02:56 PM - last edited on 02-15-2018 03:49 PM by Danielle-RO
You may have heard about the devastating news out of Florida about the school shooting. I know a lot of us here at ReachOut have been very upset to hear about this tragedy, as have the young people that use our service.
I wanted jump on and let you all know it's normal to be upset by this, but also ask: how do you support/talk to you teens when bad world news like this happens? What do you talk about? What do you say?
Some things we thought about were:
02-15-2018 05:28 PM - edited 02-15-2018 05:28 PM
Thank you so much for posting this @Sophi-RO - I too was saddened by what has happened in Florida and have been trying to steel myself for whatever questions my son has when he gets back from school.
My natural instincts are to try and step in and shield my son from upsetting stuff (going into full parent protector mode). Especially as my son does have a tendency to focus on worst-case-scenarios when it comes to confronting world events.
At the same time I know that these urges are not possible as a long-term solution and so I do have to step back and think about this.
That's why I really love the first couple of suggestions that you posted above around how to have this conversation. To let him know with those kinds of words that he is safe here might be amazingly comforting.
02-15-2018 11:24 PM
It's such a horrible thing to happen and so sad. My daughter and I saw it come up on the news tonight and she was in her room in a flash. She doesn't cope well with these types of things. I let her have her space and when she came back out she was angry about the gun laws in the US and the attitude of politicians who won't make changes.
Having the gun laws we do here makes her feel safe in our country which is good. Luckily tonight was Gogglebox on TV which we love, so we enjoyed that.
I think communication is the key. Let them talk and listen to all they have to say, and acknowledge how normal those feelings are at a time like this.
09:00AM to 5:00PM Mon - Fri
We are not a counselling or crisis service and we can't guarantee you'll get a reply, so if you need to talk nowClick here for help
The current time is Mon, 5:26 AM
(Australian Eastern time)
It looks like you’re visiting us from a country other than Australia.
We are an Australian service and think you’d benefit more from looking up a similar service in your country.
You are welcome to look around the forums, but please don’t make an account or post, as we can’t offer you the help you may need.
Before you go ahead and post, you should know that we remove non-Australian accounts – not because we don’t want to help or connect with you, but because we may not be able to provide you with the service that you require.