Faith and Prayer/Family Take Home

Making Sense of Terror with Your Teen

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…

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About the Author

Stephanie Espinoza

Stephanie started ministering to teens when she was just a teen herself. When her community at her parish growing up lacked a youth ministry effort that addressed the needs of Hispanic teens, she and her siblings and friends started their own. After years of volunteering her time as a teen, the Lord led her to study the New Evangelization at John Paul the Great Catholic University and to work in ministry at the very parish where she grew up. Today, she happily serves as the Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry Resources and Outreach for Life Teen, enjoys getting lost in a good book, appreciates the art of curating the perfect music playlist, and is learning to uncover the underrated perks of desert life.