How to talk to your kids about stressful events

For Parents Jan 8, 2021

Here at Outschool, we take seriously our role in creating safe spaces for our kids to talk about stressful events and educating them on civics. We connect learners with others from around the world who are often of different races and religions, and provide a chance for them to share perspectives.

Diversity in learning, just as in life, is valuable and not to be feared.

We believe, too, that education and connection can go a long way to make the world a better place. Here at Outschool, we want to help. The more that we can connect learners from around the world to have positive learning together, the more empathy we build and the more we learn.

We become especially aware of the role we play and the responsibility we have in supporting teachers, learners and their families when stressful or scary situations happen on a national or global scale.

We want to offer parents and teachers tools, resources and best practices for supporting learners during stressful times. Whether you are addressing current events or explaining complexities of history, we know answering your child's questions is not easy. Here are some resources and tips on how to talk to kids about stressful events, as well as some past articles featuring Outschool teachers that address these topics.

To help your learner talk with kids of similar ages, hear new perspectives and deepen their curiosity, we encourage participation in Outschool civics classes that address topics such as current events, U.S. History, racial justice, social emotional learning and how our government works.

Learn tips from experts for navigating difficult conversations

Invite your child to join the conversation in these Outschool classes

If your learner is asking you about topics that you might not be an expert on, you can count on Outschool classes taught by our community of passionate, vetted teachers.

We know parents want learning experiences that provide kids with a safe space to exchange ideas led by teachers who welcome all children. You can trust that Outschool's experienced teachers are prepared to handle difficult questions and are creating an inclusive classroom experience following our EPIC principles. This framework expects teachers to “create an inclusive learning environment where learners are able to build relationships across a global community.”

Mindfulness classes

Social Justice classes

Civics classes

History classes

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We understand that not everyone in our community will view stressful events through the same lens; however, we know that everyone in this community wants only the best future possible for our children.  

At Outschool, our goal is to stand for learners of all backgrounds and support them. We’ll do this together no matter what happens in the news. Take care of yourselves and your children.


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