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War in Ukraine: Parents’ methods of helping their children learn

► “We exchange from what our son brings home from school”

Beatrice, counselor in the prevention of psychosocial risks, mother of a 10-year-old boy

“At home, we don’t watch television and we don’t listen to the radio because I find the live information very anxiety-provoking. When I was a kid, my grandfather listened to RTL and I was anxious when I heard the credits of the newspaper. I don’t want my son to go through the same thing and I don’t want to expose him to violent images either.

→ INVESTIGATION. How young people find their bearings in “the information chaos”

We therefore inform ourselves with a little more hindsight. My spouse reads the press on the Internet, I listen to podcasts and our son subscribes to the children’s newspaper albert. If there is a subject that he wants to discuss because he has heard about it, we discuss it with him.

We were the ones who mentioned the situation in Ukraine because we were on vacation. We spoke to him about the USSR and NATO, when the war started, and now that he has gone back to school, we talk about what he reports. His teacher does not broach the subject at all, but the children bring it up among themselves during recess. »

► “We help them to develop a critical mind”

Annabel, press officer, mother of two teenagers aged 13 and 17

“My husband and I are news junkies, especially right now with the war in Ukraine. In the morning, we listen to the radio, in the evening, we watch the television news and during the day, we receive alerts on our telephone. When our children were small, we avoided images but we still listened to the radio and I often wondered if it was not anxiety-provoking for them. For a long time, the eldest was not at all interested in current events. He is just beginning to do so.

→ ANALYSIS. Media, young people get information in their own way

When we look at the newspaper as a family, we discuss it a lot with the children. We help them to decipher information and develop a critical mind. I really like some comedians from France Inter who deal with current affairs, so I also suggest that they watch videos together and they really appreciate it. »

► “JT images can be strong for my daughter”

Roman, trainer, father of two children aged 7 and 14

“We don’t watch television news because the images can be strong for my daughter, but also because the information comes too quickly, without analysis or perspective. The announcement, for example, of the mobilization of Russian nuclear weapons was greatly exaggerated. We had the impression that the warheads were going to fall on us, whereas by inquiring a little, we learn that the nuclear network is permanently activated and that it was only a matter of an announcement effect.

→ IN VIDEO. How do young people get information?

I therefore prefer to get information through the written press, online or in hard copy. Otherwise, we also keep up to date with the family via Esperantist publications. (in Esperanto, universal language, Editor’s note) who offer translations of articles. It’s a way to inform children without scaring them.

One day, I received a message via the Esperanto site Pasporta Servo from a Russian with family in Ukraine who wanted to know how we could help them here, in France. We also spoke with her to show the children that it was not the Russians but Vladimir Putin who decided on the invasion. »


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