Communicating with kids about COVID-19 


Things are changing so quickly. How do we communicate with our young ones about everything that’s going on?

Ask Questions

Talking to our kids about the coronavirus begins like any other important conversation – by asking questions. What do you know about COVID-19? What did you learn about the coronavirus in school? What are your friends saying? Have you seen articles or YouTube videos about the coronavirus? What do you remember reading or seeing?

Alternatively, if a child is coming to you with questions or expressing concern, get more background information before you answer. Try: “Tell me more about that” or “Why are you asking?”

Answer Kids’ Questions

Open-ended questions and probing follow-up questions help to reveal how kids are processing information. This helps you build the mental framework you need to offer responses in an age-appropriate way. In addition, it prevents the trap of “over-answering” a child’s question, or inadvertently sharing new information that could make their anxiety worse.

Validate Their Concerns

Acknowledging feelings during these conversations is critically important. It’s OK to feel sad. It’s OK to be scared. The reality of life is that not every day is going to be an easy, happy day. But, let them know that when big feelings happen, sharing your experience with someone who loves you is one way to feel better.

Show Your Kids That You’re in the Know

Show your kids that you are staying informed and paying attention to recommendations from credible public health leaders, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. This provides reassurance that you’re keeping an eye on the news, so they don’t have to.

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Posted by elizabeth.cole l'italien On 01 April, 2020 at 7:58 AM  

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