America at War
News and Information for Kids and Grown-ups

Youth Services staff has selected several websites to help kids and grown-ups who care about kids understand and deal with feelings related to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

For Kids

Dealing with feelings

CBBC Newsround UK: What To Do if the News Upsets You
Especially for kids: help and tips for what to do if the news upsets you. Read what other kids say when they are worried or afraid about the news.
CBS News: Military Kids - War Fears Hit Home
This story from The Early Show on CBS television tells how military children feel when their parents go to war.
KiddoNet: Wishful Thinking
Pick a star and send your wishes to the sky for the soldiers at war. Click See the Skies to see stars and read wishes from people all over the world.

News and information

CBBC Newsround: War With Iraq
Follow breaking news and stories about the war with Iraq. Check out Words of War Explained for definitions of the words used to describe what's going on in the war.
CNN.com Specials: War in Iraq
Read the latest headlines and daily briefings on the war with Iraq from the CNN.com website. Find maps, statistics, videos, and all kinds of information about the war.
Scholastic News: Rebuilding Iraq
Especially for kids from Scholastic, this websites helps to explain the conflict between the United States and Iraq.

For Grown-ups

Please note: Youth Services staff has selected the following websites especially for grown-ups. Younger children may need adult supervision and assistance to understand content.

Dealing with feelings

CNN.com: Schools Seek to Reassure in Wartime
Find out how schools around the country work to provide calm and reassurance as America's students confront a new war.
Connect for Kids: Help with the Healing, on the Web
This webpage provides information for grown-ups to help kids cope with issues of war and terrorism. The website also includes anti-discrimination resources and lesson plans for teachers.
PBS Parents - Issues & Advice: Talking With Kids About War & Violence
This online guide provides helpful ways for parents (and other grown-ups) to communicate with children and calm their fears during times of war and violence. The site also provides age-by-age insights and suggestions for answering tough questions.
Reading to Children in Times of Stress
Learn how choosing the right books and reading aloud can help children cope during times of stress. The article includes a list of children's books to soothe worries and fears arranged by age.
Talking With Kids: 10 Tips About TV News
This national campaign from Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation provides helpful information to help grown-ups talk to children about news and current events.
At War in Iraq: Tackling Tough Issues with Kids
Browse this website for answers to children's common questions and concerns about war.

News and information

CNN.com Specials: War in Iraq
Read the latest headlines and daily briefings on the war with Iraq from the CNN.com website. Find maps, statistics, videos, and all kinds of information about the war.
IPS Global News Agency: Iraq and Beyond
Read about the war in Iraq from the perspectives of more than one hundred journalists around the world.
The New York Times Issues In Depth: After the War
Find lesson plans, interactive graphics, timelines, and more about the "After the War" in Iraq.
Scholastic News In-Depth: Rebuilding Iraq Teacher Tips
The Scholastic website provides information and lesson plans to help teachers introduce students to issues of America at war.