First News is trusted, impartial news for kids aged 7 to 14. On this page, you can read and watch age-appropriate reports and guidance about the conflict. We will be updating content every week.

Nicky Cox MBE, Editor in chief: First News

Our thoughts are with the people affected by the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Tragically, young people on both sides are being caught up in the conflict. There are strong feelings and we always aim to be balanced and impartial in our coverage. We hope that the adults, who are in positions of power, make a choice to lay down weapons, and let words sort things out instead.

I have always loved this quote from Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher (someone who thinks deeply and offers views on big questions). He said:

“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organise the peace.”

I hope a time will come soon when world leaders work harder at peace than war.

Tips & Talking Points


Explaining Scary News

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Why it’s so important to encourage children to learn about the world around them.

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Nicky Cox

BBC 5 Live, 30th October 2023