Worrying about Israel and Gaza

If you’ve been affected by what’s happening in Israel and Gaza, or what you’ve heard in the news, then we’re here to help.

The ongoing conflict with Israel and Gaza has escalated recently. The news is constantly changing, but many people there have been hurt or killed.

There are lots of reasons you might be impacted by what’s happening. You might be worried about what you’ve seen or read, other people’s reactions or because of how it’s affecting your friends and family.

You can always contact Childline about how you’re feeling, and we’ve got advice to help you cope or get help.

Focus on reliable news

News and information online aren’t always accurate. Some information online will also be biased, which means it will try to focus on some pieces of information but not others. It can be easy for wrong information to be shared without people realising.

It can help to read advice about how to spot fake news, and think carefully about whether or not sharing something is a good idea.

The best way to get reliable information about what’s happening is to visit news organisations that you trust.

Talk about what’s happening

It’s not always easy to share your worries, but it can help to talk about how you’re being impacted.

If you have questions about what’s happening, it can help to ask an adult you trust. Even if they don’t know, you can talk about it or look for the answers together.

Childline is a safe space to talk about anything. You can share how you’re feeling with us and our counsellors will always support you.

Find out how you get support from Childline.

Think about what you watch or read

Videos and news about what’s happening can be upsetting sometimes, and it’s not always easy to know something might affect you or someone else.

It can help to think carefully before watching videos or following links about what’s happening, and if you’re not sure then it’s a good idea to check with an adult you trust first.

If you’re thinking about sharing something, it’s good to think about how it’ll affect other people.