We’ve reached a point where we can’t remember a time without constant news reports of mass violence or acts of terror. Even if we can step back and recognize that there are more days without them than with them, we still can’t shake the feeling that they’re happening all the time and more than ever.
And teens feel this way as well — maybe even more so.
Their high level of engagement on social media gives them greater and more immediate exposure to the news of the day, especially if it has to do with with the loss of life in a shooting or terrorist act. As if processing this reality for ourselves wasn’t daunting enough, there is the added challenge of helping teens do the same in healthy and age-appropriate ways.
But every teen is different, and they react differently in the face of these kinds of events. How can we…