Tips and resources on how to explain the Coronavirus to kids
We’ve been keeping an eye out for all the useful resources and tips to help explain the Coronvirus to kids and have listed them all in this blog post.
Official Sources from the NHS
Check out this video to help explain it to Children
Workbook for explaining the virus to younger children
Manuela Molina at Mindhead has created a short workbook to support and reassure children under the age of 7. The book can help you discuss the full range of emotions arising in everyone from the current situation. The author recommends you print out the book so that children can draw on it. Also, another tip is to read it multiple times as emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories.
The British Psychological Society offers these useful tips
Allow children to ask questions: It is natural that children will have questions and worries about Coronavirus. Giving them the space to ask these questions and have answers is a good way to ease anxiety.
Younger children might understand a cartoon or picture better than an explanation.
It is ok to say you don’t know – at the moment, there are questions we don’t have answers to about Coronavirus.
Maybe your child has an idea too – let them tell you or draw them.
Try to manage your own worries: Uncertainty can make all of us feel anxious or worried. Identify other adults you can talk to about your own worries. Use techniques that help to make you feel a bit calmer – if you are at home, music, breathing and relaxation techniques, distraction (such as watching something funny), and time with family can all help.
Give practical guidance: Remind your child of the most important things they can do to stay healthy but find motivation for keeping going, like thinking of a song they want to sing while washing their hands).