Talk to Children about 9/11

Mural created by the Lower School Art Students of Porter Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina in Mrs. Laura Orvin's Art Class for the people of New York. Gift of Lawrence Knafo.

Discussing 9/11 isn’t an easy task. We often hear, “I want to tell my child what happened but don’t know where to begin.” These tips have been prepared to help you navigate these conversations by offering simple and effective guidelines for talking to your children about such a difficult topic.

Download: Tips for Talking to your Children

Download the Museum Guide for Children (PDF) to help visitors 8 to 11 years old understand the history of the World Trade Center, what happened on 9/11, and how the site has been rebuilt. Note: Guide does not include the Museum’s historical exhibition, September 11, 2001, which may not be appropriate for visitors 10 years old and younger.

Useful information about the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath can be found on the education pages of our website. Find more in-depth resources for talking to your children:

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
National Association for School Psychologists