Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Here for Each Other

Here for Each Other

Spring 2015 Website

This tool kit for caregivers and educators offers a range of resources to help children prepare for and cope with the upheavals of natural disasters and emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes. A video library shows clips of Muppets and their caregivers talking through a variety of scenarios; in one, Elmo struggles to understand what a power outage means for playtime, and in another, Big Bird tries to deal with his feelings of dislocation after an evacuation. For adults, there are also a series of family guides for specific events such as fires, tornadoes, and winter storms, which give clear tips on how to look for signs of stress and offer specific suggestions on simple things to do to help children cope. The resources are constructive and helpful. The one obvious problem is that they are primarily useful before a disruptive event; after a large storm, daycares may not have the power and internet connection to download the videos and guides. For some events (like tornadoes), this may be feasible; for others (like fires) it may not be. Nevertheless, this is a useful toolkit to bookmark during snow season in the North, hurricane season in the South, and fire season in the West.

Naomi Lesley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.

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