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How to talk to children about the Middle East

A message from our editor-in-chief

Hello to The Week Junior community,

We know that many children have questions about what's happening in the Middle East. Here are a few thoughts about how to handle these sensitive discussions. 

• Answer kids’ questions honestly and calmly, without providing more detail than is appropriate for their maturity level.

• Limit children’s exposure to news reports intended for adults, as well as videos and photographs. Many of the images are extremely graphic and difficult for anyone to process, especially children.

• Ask children what they know and what they think. Giving them a chance to share their thoughts helps them feel empowered, and letting them know you are there to listen is reassuring. If they are worried about something that is inaccurate, you can correct it.

• Talk to kids about the spread of misinformation. A tremendous amount of false news is being shared online, especially on social media. The News Literacy Project has some advice that can help.

• Focus on the helpers, such as the individuals and organizations that are providing food, transportation, and medical care.

• Reach out. Whether there is a family in your community that is directly affected or your own family is in need of support, connecting with others can help. 


• Reinforce your family's values. You can say you are concerned for the Israeli and Palestinian people and the members of the military who are involved and that you hope for peace.

With kind regards, 

Andrea Barbalich


Help kids understand the news

The Week Junior is covering the war in the Middle East as the news unfolds. The goal of our coverage, in words and images, is to present the facts in a clear, calm, accurate, and straightforward way. Here are our articles from Issue 183 and Issue 184.