Worried about Coronavirus?
Coronavirus - Explained for Children
The COVID-19 situation currently ongoing can be a challenging topic to understand for children.
Instructions about staying specific distances away from family and friends, washing your hands the right way and coughing into a tissue or your sleeve.
It’s a lot to take in.
It covers what coronavirus is, what can happen if you get it, how you can help and why your school is closing.
Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus
A nurse in Southampton has written and illustrated a short story to help explain the coronavirus to children in a bid to reduce fears and anxieties around the outbreak. Molly Watts, who is works in paediatric intensive care, told Nursing Times that she felt health professionals had a “duty” to ensure that people could access information about the virus that is "factual and helpful".
Guidance from Lancashire Educational Psychology Team
Talking to children about Coronavirus (Covid-19)
We realise that it can be very challenging to talk to children and young people about difficult events in the news. Psychologists are often asked about how much to tell children and how adults can prepare for challenging conversations on difficult topics. As a result, we have compiled a list of resources that might be useful for supporting children and young people, their families and school staff at this time. This includes information on how to explain to children and young people what coronavirus is and why schools are closing. There are also links to resources to support children's emotional wellbeing.
Although there are a number of resources available online, it is important that adults select resources carefully and explain to children what is happening in such a way that is appropriate for their age or stage of development. Children and young people with special educational needs may need resources to be adapted or simplified to support their understanding.
Animations and Stories
Story to explain coronavirus to children and young people from Mindheart
Supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Emotional wellbeing and mental health
Activities for families to do at home
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.
The Way I Feel, Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.
Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).
What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids, James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).
The Invisible String, Patrice Karst. Supporting children with separation anxiety, loss and grief.