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Tools for Family Conversations

We know it can be hard to know what to say to your children about bias, bigotry, and violence. We hope the following resources can help get you started.


American Psychology Association: "Talking to Kids About School Shootings"


Anti-Defamation League: "Discussing Hate and Violence with Children"


National Child Traumatic Stress Network: "Talking to Children About Shootings"


National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement: "Talking to Kids About School Tragedies"


Orange County Department of Education: "Five Tips to Help Children Cope with a National Tragedy"


Penn Graduate School of Education: "Talking to children after racial incidents"


The ADL's Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events also provides guides for discussing specific current events with children. Each guide includes a topic summary, questions to start the conversation and dig deeper, ideas for taking action, and additional resources.  Each guide also includes a recommended age range.

Holocaust Materials


Students in California learn about the Holocaust and other genocides in 10th grade. AUSD high schools often try to bring Holocaust survivors in to speak to students, but it isn't always possible. Families who would like their students to read or listen to the stories of Holocaust survivors can find testimonies on the following websites: