Talking to children about coronavirus may feel like an overwhelming task. These tips can help ensure they feel safe and informed.
The entire world is facing a daunting pandemic – a novel coronavirus that has transcended borders and had a huge impact on our daily lives. None of us have ever experienced a health crisis on this scale before, however for children this kind of event can fuel sadness, stress and anxiety. In fact, child protection services like Kids Help Phone are experiencing a surge in calls from children concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives and others.
That’s why it’s critical when talking to children at a time like this that we help them feel protected and comforted because they have certainly heard about COVID-19 and many may have family members in quarantine or know someone who is sick. They may also be impacted economically and distressed that schools have been closed for an indefinite period of time.