At ISWA, we pride ourselves on our commitment to modelling, facilitating, and valuing positive communication and relationships. Our core values prioritise respect, understanding, and harmony in all that we do. We believe in creating an environment where these values can thrive, but we also acknowledge the challenging global context we live in, marked by ongoing disputes and hostilities in various corners of the world. This reality can often raise questions and concerns, especially among young people.
In October, Emerging Minds, a reputable Australian organisation dedicated to the emotional wellbeing of children, teenagers, and families, published a valuable resource titled “Talking to Children about War and Conflict” (Emerging Minds, 2023). This comprehensive guide offers a constructive approach to addressing the thoughts and feelings that may arise in children and teenagers when faced with the unsettling topic of war and conflict.
Emerging Minds goes above and beyond to support the mental health of young individuals and families. They develop mental health policies and create interventions, in-person and online training, programs, and resources tailored to the needs of professionals, children, and their families. They are also at the forefront of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, ensuring that the best practices and knowledge are shared across the sector.
Free Curriculum Resources, Expert Advice, and Edtech Ratings
Additionally, we want to draw your attention to an article published this week by Common Sense Media, another reputable research-based nonprofit organisation. Common Sense Media specialises in rating films, television programs, and books and offers invaluable parenting advice that supports families in navigating the challenges of the digital age. They understand that today’s children are growing up in a world filled with digital content, and they aim to empower parents with the tools they need to make informed choices about what their children consume.
Common Sense Media also supports schools by providing free curriculum resources, expert advice, and edtech ratings. This week’s article, “How to Talk with Kids about Violence, Crime, and War,” (Masood, 2023) provides parents and educators with valuable insights and guidance on addressing these complex and sensitive topics with children.
The ISWA Commitment
In a world where communication and understanding are more important than ever, ISWA is committed to providing you with the resources and knowledge needed to approach difficult conversations with empathy and expertise. Together with organisations like Emerging Minds and Common Sense Media, we hope to foster a more informed, compassionate, and resilient generation. We encourage you to explore these resources to better equip yourself for these essential conversations with the young minds in your life.
Chris Rowlands – School Councilor
Emerging Minds (2023). How to talk to children about war and conflict. [online] Emerging Minds. Available at: https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/how-to-talk-to-children-about-war-and-conflict/?audience=family [Accessed 31 Oct. 2023].
Masood, R. (2023). How to Talk with Kids About Violence, Crime, and War | Common Sense Media. [online] www.commonsensemedia.org. Available at: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/articles/how-to-talk-with-kids-about-violence-crime-and-war [Accessed 31 Oct. 2023].