How to Talk to Kids about the Coronavirus

  • Be mindful that what you say and do about COVID-19, current prevention efforts, and related events can either increase or decrease your child’s anxiety. Below are some tips from the National Association of School Psychologists.

    • Remind children that adults in their lives are working to keep them safe and healthy at all times.
    • Listen to children’s feelings and reframe concerns into appropriate perspectives.
    • Address the idea that stories on the internet may be based on rumors and inaccurate information. In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
    • Talk to children about factual information about the disease, including how the disease is spread and how to protect themselves.
    • Don’t ignore concerns. Explain the current status of illness in your location (city/state/country).

    Additional Resources:
    Guidance on Talking to Kids about COVID-19

    Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

    Video: Children's Hospital Colorado "Answering Kids' Questions about the Coronavirus"

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