A message from our CEO: Bondi tragedy

14 April 2024





The tragic events that have unfolded in Bondi Junction, Sydney, will no doubt be distressing for the children, families and individuals who witnessed this traumatic incident.

Those exposed to media coverage of this attack may also experience feelings of despair, vulnerability, and irritability. Children are especially sensitive to media coverage of tragedy and disasters.

They may worry the same sort of thing will happen to them and their family and fail to understand where or how it has happened.

Parents shouldn’t necessarily try to shield their children from information about what has occurred but should monitor how much media coverage of the incident they are exposed to.

It is important for parents to explain to their children what has happened and answer any questions they may have.

I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims of this tragedy and their families.

My thoughts also remain with the witnesses, first responders and emergency services personnel who were at this scene.

– Dr Katrina Lines

If you or someone you know needs support, call:
Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
Lifeline on 13 11 14

Tips for parents and caregivers:

  • Don’t wait for your kids to come to you – keep the lines of communication open.
  • Offer them the following advice: “If you do see anything that makes you upset or is really scary, turn your phone off and come and talk to me”.
  • For older children, engage them in a deeper conversation by asking what they know and how they feel about what’s happening.
  • Remind your kids of the good and wonderful things happening every day that don’t make the news.
  • Banning social media altogether might backfire – trying to hide things can make them seem more terrifying and can leave kids feeling like they can’t discuss issues openly.