Course Description

Raising kids in today’s hyper-connected world means we’re exposed to more news media than ever before. This can be especially tough on parents, as we struggle to explain what’s being shown on TV, or what’s happened in the world, to our kids in an age-appropriate manner. 

This course will be right for you if:

  • You’re wondering whether your child is ready to hear about terror, disasters and tragedy
  • Your child is asking questions regarding terror, disasters and tragedy
  • You live near the location of a recent attack or tragedy

What Will I Learn?

  • An understanding of the fear and trauma children may experience after witnessing terror or watching tragedy on T.V. and social media. 
  • How to start the conversation
  • How to talk to your child without making them fearful or anxious 
  • Strategies and activities that will help you and your child see the positive in the world

Unfortunately there will continue to be terror, tragedy and disaster in our world. We can help our children navigate these incidents and seek out ways to respond in positive ways that make the world a better place.

Course curriculum

  • 01
  • 02
    In the News
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    • In the News
  • 03
    Protecting Our Kids
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    • Protecting Our Kids
    • Activity for Ages 6-9: Share Positive News
    • Activity: "I Am Safe" Cards
  • 04
    Answering Tough Questions
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    • Answering Tough Questions
    • Activity for Ages 6-9: Mixing Paint
  • 05
    The 3rd T: Trauma
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    • The 3rd T: Trauma
    • Activity: My Body Map
    • Activity for Ages 3-6: Goodness Armour
    • Activity: Remote of the Mind
  • 06
    Building Resilience
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    • Building Resilience
    • Activity for Ages 3-6: "Thank You for ..." Cards
    • Activity: Help Those Suffering from a Tragedy
    • Activity for Ages 6-9: My Helpful Toolbox
  • 07
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    • Conclusion
  • 08
    For Teachers & Childcare Providers
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  • Instructor

    Dr. Jillian Roberts has been working with children for more than twenty years, first as a primary schoolteacher, then as a child psychologist and an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria. She is the author of the critically acclaimed “Just Enough” book series for children and the creator of the “Key Facts of Life” app. She has also published numerous scholarly articles and given presentations on educational and health psychology around the world. Jillian is also a wife and mother of three children.

    Dr. Jillian Roberts

    Child Psychologist