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).
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