Just how do we teach our children about the horrible attacks of terrorists? Many parents are struggling with what or how they should explain the events that took place ten years ago. Children are exposed to so much violence and mature subject by the media. Parents need to be monitoring what their child is watching on television. Many children are viewing graphic pictures on the magazines and newspapers and their minds are full of questions. Some ask “Is it going to be the end of the world?”
Bucks County Pennsylvania has taken this job very seriously and the Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial in Yardley Pennsylvania can be visited by families who want to teach their children about 9/11 and the importance of honoring those who died on September 11, 2001.
Parents have the responsibility to answer any questions that their child may ask. But answering those questions should be answered according to the child’s age and their ability to handle your answer. A parent who is trying to explain 9/11 to a 5 year old can say that a bad thing happened and it was a horrible thing what these bad people did. But as parents tell their child about the horrible things that happened on 9/11, they must also reassure their child that the government has since then strengthened America’s security and is doing a good job at keeping us safe. The explanation should be given with reassurance of their safety. Their reassurance of being safe is essential. Parents should always remember that they can teach their children about terrorism without instilling fear in them.
Children need to be children, and they should not have to handle adult issues. Teaching children should be age appropriate. Parents can start teaching children about politics and the differences of political views. The parent can focus on the positive aspects of America’s beliefs in democracy and freedom. Instilling a pride of being an American can, and should be taught to our children. America’s children should grow up having a strong conviction that America is the land of the free and that when we sing God Bless America- it is a statement of faith, not just words of a song.
The important thing for parents to remember is to teach children with reassurance and use age appropriate explanations. America’s children are of many cultures and religions. Teaching them about freedom and democracy is a global responsibility that can‘t be ignored. Some of our youth will be responsible for serving in the military or become our political leaders. Teaching them about our country and its beliefs is important, but should be done gradually and with much wisdom on the parents’ part.