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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.

We’ve developed a short amination for young children to help them better understand COVID-19.

The COVID-19 situation currently ongoing can be a challenging topic to understand for children. Instructions about staying specific distances away from famil...

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

Brain Pop: a video for older children and young people

Carol Gray: My story about Pandemics and the Coronavirus

ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children 

ELSA Support Network: Elephant Handwashing to support our story on Coronavirus

ELSA Support: We are at home right now

ELSA Support: Someone I know has Coronavirus

Just For Kids: A comic exploring the new coronavirus

Story to explain coronavirus to children and young people from Mindheart



British Psychological Society (BPS): Talking to children about coronavirus

National Association of School Psychologists: Helping children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19 – a parent resource

British Psychological Society (BPS): Coronavirus and UK schools closures: Support and advice for schools and parents/carers

BBC: Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts - how parents should tell kids

BBC: Coronavirus: How families can cope with self-isolating together

BBC Newsround: Answering questions about coronavirus

Child Mind: Talking to Children 

Early Years - Zero to Three: Tips for Families: Coronavirus

Hey Sigmund: How to talk to kids and teens about world trauma

Save the Children: How to talk to children about the Coronavirus


Supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus

STARS – A range of visual resources designed to aid children and young people with autism, with their understanding of Coronavirus 

The Autism Education – A social story, including specificity about the effects of social distancing e.g. not being able to go to favourite places 

National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff

Sensory integration education: Handwashing tips for people with sensory difficulties

Information for those struggling with OCD 

Amaze - information pack for parents

Carers UK - Guidance for carers


Emotional wellbeing and mental health

BBC: How to protect your mental health

Young Minds: What to do if you're anxious about coronavirus

The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families: Coronavirus guidance

The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families: Self-Care and Coping Strategies 

ELSA Support: Coronavirus 14 day self-isolation activities

Managing anxiety age by age: A guide about what to expect age by age around anxiety, strategies and tips on when to get help

PsychCentral: Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Ways to Cope with Fear

UNICEF: How to talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-190: 8 tips to help comfort and protect children


Activities for families to do at home

3PPsychologies: 10 more activities for home

Cosmic Kids: Yoga and mindfulness for children ages 3+.


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.
Date: 30.03.20

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