The other thing I try to say at times like this, is to remind the boys "that the world is a wonderful place, in which bad things sometimes happen, but never forget its a wonderful place full of 99% wonderful people". We have to believe this, or we fold.....
For year 6 and secondary school kids, it might be an idea encourage them to read the last Morpurgo's book, An eagle in the snow
In a nutshell, it is the story of a WWI hero who regrets not to have shoot Hitler when he could have had during WWI... A very touching story.
I cannot think of any modern story which could tackle the problem of terrorism. Is there any?
About the IRA, several years ago, I enjoyed very much a serie of several books by Joan Lingard: the Kevin and Sadie stories , a romance between a catholic and a protestant and their difficulties to live their relationship. It is for older teenagers, may be 14-16 (according to the maturity of the reader).
Maybe there are some other titles out there which could help us to talk with our children?
Moreover, the attitude to be always open and respectful towards polite and well-behaved children from all backgrounds seems primordial to me. I have noticed that, sometimes, after having suffered from racism , some people from minorities isolate themselves and their own children from others of a different cultural background.
This is so wrong!!
ISIS people are barbaric murderers. Full stop. Do they have a iota of humanity left? I doubt it.
I think it was the old "Keep Calm and Carry on".