Talking to children about COVID-19

Talking to Your Children
Posted on 03/19/2020
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We are committed to keeping our students, their families and staff safe and informed with the latest information about the Coronavirus COVID-19. Concern over the virus may make children and families anxious. Helping children cope with anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.

The National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses are sharing the following advice for parents.

Remain calm and reassuring. 

  • Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • What you say and do about COVID-19, current prevention efforts, and related events can either increase or decrease your children’s anxiety.
  • If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine.
  • Remind them that you and the adults at their school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
  • Let your children talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.

Make yourself available. 

  • Children may need extra attention from you and may want to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
  • It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them; make time for them.
  • Tell them you love them and give them plenty of affection.

More helpful tips and information about talking to children