May 12, 2021

Dear Parents.

We are witnessing an escalation in the security situation, including rocket fire in central areas of the country and severe rioting, which has unfortunately led to injuries and deaths. In our area, the Home Front Command has instructed us to continue with our routines. At the same, we all continue to be exposed to the news. The escalation is concerning and can trigger anxiety in both adults and children.

Our children look up to us - they watch to see how we are coping, and they rely on the messages we convey, both verbally and non-verbally. With the right support you can help your children stay regulated and maintain emotional balance even during this tense time.

  • It is important to explain current events to children in simple and clear language, depending on the age of the child and the information that s/he is exposed to. For example, you can say: "In some parts of the country sirens are being sounded and families must go into their safe room. We may also hear an siren, and then we will go into our safe room where we will be protected together."
  • Limit media viewing and avoid having adult conversations around children.
  • Convey messages of protection, security, and hope.
  • Keep in mind that there may be changes in your children's behavior such as trouble falling asleep or difficulty being left alone. These are normal responses to current events and they will likely diminish over time.
  • Try to maintain your children’s routines. This gives them a sense of security.
  • Validate unpleasant feelings – Let them know that it is okay be afraid, to cry, to worry - these are natural reactions to stressful situations. Do not be alarmed by your children’s display of feelings, and do not prevent your children from expressing themselves physically, emotionally, or through play or words.

Please do not hesitate to consult with the counselors and psychologists of the ganim and schools with any questions or issues related to the security situation.

You may also contact:

• The Educational Psychological Services: 02-9939333

• The Department of Social Services: 02-9939370

 

We hope and pray for safe and quiet days,

 

The Educational Psychological Services and The Department of Social Services of Efrat