How to Talk to Your Child About Terrorism—There’s an App for That

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Terrorism both frightens and unites us. Even though the odds are low of it happening to you or me, we still understandably fear those odds.

Huffington post writes, “This emotional risk perception factor – the vulnerable sense that ‘It could happen to me’ – explains why anyone in the civilized world feels threatened by what happened in Paris, and what has happened in Tokyo and Mumbai and Barcelona and London and Nairobi and Oklahoma City and New York and Boston. The terrorists are lashing out at the normal world they see as their oppressor. ‘The civilized world’, as President Obama has put it. Our world. You and me.”

How do we talk to our kids about tough issues like terrorism? It’s no longer an “if” we should explain terrorism to kids, but “when.”

It’s all over the news, and chances are their classmates are talking about it. So, how do you have a tough, but honest conversation about terrorism with your child?

Fortunately, there’s an app for that.

Conversations App guides families through difficult but necessary conversations such as bullying, terrorism, natural disasters, the loss of loved ones, and more.”

The goal of the Conversations App by the Parenting Academy is to have real face-to-face dialogue together. Choose a session based on age or topic like Positive Influence, Making Good Choices, Making our Relationship Better. Once you download your conversation, “You will then be read a series of questions (strategically ordered) by a smooth, calming voice. Some questions are for kids, and some are for the parent.”

Each narrated session is a “Patent pending platform and process that facilitates neurologically based, multi-sensory, interactive conversation.” Basically, it’s great technology with some science to help get families talking. Another goal of the app is to “help parents understand the art of asking questions.”

Download the app here.

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