Most teens don't know who Osama Bin Laden was, according to search engine giant Yahoo. This frightens me. 9/11 was only 10 years ago tomorrow, yet we seem to be neglecting to teach our children about that life-changing day.
Perhaps this is because it was such a horrific event. How do we teach our children about it without shattering their innocence? Yet - one hopes - older kids and teens know about the holocaust, an at least equally horrific event in history.
So I'm on a mission to make sure my children never forget the good and evil that happened on September 11, 2011. Here are some resources I've found online to help along the way:
* September 11th coloring pages. More here. While your children color these, talk to them about the basic events of the day.
* A free animated online movie about what happened on 9/11, and why. It's quite good - except it tries to convince viewers Islamic religious writings push peace, not violence. This is only mentioned once, however.
* There are lots of YouTube videos of the events on 9/11. By all means, let your teens watch them. Here's a video montage that's more appropriate for grade school kids.
* Free 9/11 notebooking pages.
* A time-line of the events on 9/11. Also, there's this interactive timeline, for older kids.
* A kid-appropriate explanation of 9/11.
* President Bush's 9/11 speech and Patriot Day Proclamation.