When I heard about the San Bernardino shootings, I tweeted some words of encouragement to the people of America. This was my tweet:
I received a reply from a American teen trying to make sense of what was happening. This teen (identifiable information erased for his privacy) reached out, in real-time, to me--a child psychologist.
It struck me how confusing and frightening this world must be to our young people—especially when they turn to psychologists on Twitter for connection and support.
I believe it is essential that as a global community we explore making child psychology more accessible to our kids. The terror in this world is traumatizing them. What can we do to protect them? What can we do to ensure they do not feel hopeless and overwhelmed?
There is a lot of discussion in the field today about the need for children to grow up to become effective problem-solvers. I absolutely agree. I also believe that kids also need to grow up emotionally and psychologically healthy so they have the capacity to problem-solve, and to someday lead this challenging world we will give to them.
Dr Jillian Roberts