How to Talk to Kids About 9/11

A man, woman, and two boys take part in an activity for families at the Museum’s Education Center. A woman who works at the Museum assists the boys as they work on an art project around a circular table.
A family participates in educational activities for youth and families at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

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.

But this generation and the ones to follow are key in helping to preserve one of the most influential times in world history.

So answering their questions, and asking some of your own to learn what they may believe to be true about this historic event, 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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