explaining Covid-19 to children
It's a scary time for children, when adults, who they know and trust, are uncertain, worried and concerned. It is important to talk to children about what is happening in the world around them. If they don't know, their own worries and anxieties grow, and the 'unknown' gets filled with ideas of their own, which could be more scary than the real events.
Take time to talk to your child about what is going on. This is a huge change to their daily lives, and one which may impact them for some time to come.
As Dr Chris and Dr Xand say in the video below, the more children know, the less scared they will be.
There are some resources below to help with the conversation you could have with your children.
CBBC's Operation Ouch presenters Dr Chris and Dr Xand
Who answered questions posed to them by school children:
Helpful information to answer children questions about
Talking to your child about coronavirus - YoungMinds
Worries about the world - Childine advice page
This page includes information on what concerns a child might currently
have, for example about the coronavirus, and some things to try to
address these worries.
Mood journal - Childine
Children can sign up to Childline’s “locker” and track their daily mood in
the mood journal. This might be a helpful way for children to balance
their mood during a period of uncertainty.
How to cope when you can’t go to school because of
the coronavirus - Newsround video