5 Tips for Talking with Children about Hate Incidents

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

The ADL prepared this one-pager to use in the aftermath of threats, violence, terrorism, or other incidents of hate. This page asks how educators, caregivers, and family members can give children and teenagers the tools they need to understand what has happened and take steps to challenge hate in safe and effective ways.

Sometimes, when faced with the unsettling news of civic unrest and acts of violence and hate, grown ups are frozen with fear, not just from the events, but also, from the task of addressing it with children. The ADL's quick and concise one-pager helps you take that first step of opening a safer space for grown ups and children to discuss their feelings, for children to appropriately learn about the sad things, and for grown ups to be aware of some of the ways children may manifest their feelings.


Area of Work

  • AS&B - After School and Beyond
  • CL - Congregational Learning
  • DS&Y - Day Schools and Yeshivas
  • EC - Early Childhood
  • FE - Family Engagement
  • T - Teens

Resource Type

  • Guide

Resource Category

  • Mental Health

Resource Topic

  • Civic Education
  • Trauma
  • Community Trauma
  • Antisemitism


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