Special Report: The Conflict in Ukraine

Around the world, people are saddened and devastated by the events unfolding in Ukraine. Both adults and young people alike are feeling the stresses of war from afar as they experience fear, frustration, and helplessness. The 24-hour news cycle has shown us upsetting images, which can raise many questions, especially for our young people, about what is happening.

There is strong evidence to suggest that having a supportive discussion about a stressful event, in a developmentally appropriate way, can actually help decrease distress. It’s best to ‘name it, to tame it.’ This can also help combat any misinformation to which they have most likely already been exposed through social media, pictures, or video clips.

Children need to know that they are being taken seriously. So, it is recommended that you don’t avoid the difficult questions. Ensure you address their questions honestly and sensitively. With less life experience than adults, young people may need help navigating news about this crisis.

This Special Report offers guidance on how parents may wish to discuss the conflict in Ukraine with their children. We hope you take a moment to reflect on the information offered, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one, or the wellbeing of your child, please seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to the special report https://bggs.qld.schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-conflict-ukraine-au.