Talk to Children about Terrorism

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Get tips for talking to children about the difficult subjects of terrorism and 9/11.
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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