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ERIC Number: EJ784394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Weathering Natural Disasters with a Net of Safety
Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J.
Social Education, v72 n1 p27-30 Jan-Feb 2008
Faster and more efficient coverage on television and the Internet is increasingly exposing children to traumatic images of natural devastation both at home and abroad. Natural disasters, such as the wildfires in California or the trauma caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, have become commonplace. Catastrophic events like these serve as reminders that nowhere in the world is immune from these incidents. Understanding the characteristics of a natural disaster can help children manage their distress and empower them to engage in disaster prevention activities that may mediate future physical and psychological harm. Teachers can serve as a resource for support and information that facilitate a child's ability to manage disasters. Disaster preparedness and response to devastating events are an integral part of an educator's role in advocating for students' well being and protection. Teachers can use web resources to enhance their skill in guiding children to respect the natural world and foster their relationship with the Earth. This article lists sites and resources that may aid students in understanding and respecting the planet and all its forces of nature. It also includes resources that help children cope with the devastation and threat of harm. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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