During these uncertain times, both children and their parents may have worries about the coronavirus. Parents may be worrying about how their children are feeling and how to talk openly about the virus with their children, fearing that they may trigger anxieties by raising the topic. As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimises anxiety or fear. The following resources are helpful in directing conversations around the topic.
Conversations with your child
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a very useful article in managing these conversations, emphasising the importance of keeping it simple and reassuring them that people are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Reassuring your child
UNICEF offer 8 simple tips to help parents to gauge their child’s understanding, how to reassure them and protect their mental health.
Supporting your child
Child Bereavement UK have created an information sheet offering tips on how to support children. Importantly, they acknowledge the increased fears that children may have if they’ve already experienced bereavement.