Eye on the world: Cherishing the innocence of our children

In “Manchester attack: explaining terrorism to childrenThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “the attendees and victims of Monday night’s deadly attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, were primarily teen and pre-teens. That changes the math on how to help children understand the event.” The Monitor continues that “because children were among the 22 killed and teen girls were the overwhelming witnesses of the chaos and carnage,” this attack in particular is difficult to explain to children. “The latest attack comes as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, a British charity, has reported a 35 percent rise in counseling sessions through their ‘Childline’ between 2014‒15 and 2015‒16. The reasons include everything from family matters to world affairs (including Brexit) to terrorism.” Children need to know that they are safe and free to enjoy the simple and innocent pleasures of adolescence. 

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