How to Talk To Kids About COVID-19
By Melissa Wood, Parenting Magazine
With COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) everywhere on the news, it’s likely that kiddos in your home and in your classroom are wondering what’s going on. Uncertainty can make kiddos feel anxious and afraid (just like in us adults).
- Be Open and Honest
Being an open source of information that they feel they can confide in is important. Ask how they are feeling, if they are concerned and be a support however possible. Reassure any concerns that they have and be sure to keep in mind explaining them to a way that is developmentally appropriate based on their age.
Teach Good Habits
Teach them how to protect themselves and their loved ones by showing them how to wash their hands and why it is important. Teach your kiddos how to cough into their elbow and encourage them to practice healthy habits of eating well and getting enough rest. These are great ways to talk to kids about COVID-19. Check out this fabulous approach below that this teacher took with black pepper to teach about germs. We love it!
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Learning about the importance of washing our hands!🧼 I wish you all could’ve seen how truly shocked they were that the “virus,” (pepper) moves away from the soap! So much fun and very informative! The things you learn from #TikTok 😂 #prekactivities #coronaviruspreventiontips #dabbooratnani
Do not Spread Misinformation or Anxiety
With all of the COVID chatter, it’s easy to repeat something you heard. Be conscious of sticking to the facts vs. the rumors. Also be sure to not pass along your own anxiety. If you’re feeling a bit emotional or reactive to something you heard or how you’re feeling, take a deep breath.
If you’re feeling anxious about Coronavirus, here’s an amazing toolkit that has resources for any anxiety you’re feeling: https://www.virusanxiety.com/
Here is a great video from the Child Mind Institute that walks you through how to approach the conversation.