How to Talk to Children About Tragedies like the Manchester Attack

A tribute made up of flowers and British flags have been placed at the Survivor Tree following terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.
A tribute to the Manchester victims is left at the Survivor Tree on Tuesday. Photo by Jin Lee.

After a deadly bombing in Manchester on Monday, for which ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is republishing a MEMO post that originally ran in December 2014 to provide resources for parents on how to talk to children about terrorism. 

Talking to kids about 9/11 is challenging. For parents, caretakers, friends and families, broaching this complex subject with children is as tough for many today as it was soon after the 2001 attacks.

Answering children and youth’s questions about 9/11 or other horrible attacks like the deadly bombing in Manchester, and asking some of your own to learn what they may believe to be true, may be a path to a better understanding.

Part of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s mission is to educate future generations about 9/11. In fulfilling that commitment, the museum’s education staff developed a guide for talking to kids about terrorism and the 2001 attacks.

If you are planning to visit the museum with children, you can find plenty of the museum's official resources and information about on-site programming designed for children and families online.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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