Be Guided by your Child when Talking about COVID-19’


In these uncertain times, parents and carers may be seeking ways to support their children to understand the ever changing Coronavirus landscape.

Be guided by your child

  • Check in with your child often. Give them opportunities to ask you questions over the coming weeks and months.

  • Ask your child to tell you anything they may have heard about coronavirus (COVID-19), and how they feel about this situation.

  • Some children will worry more about others than themselves. Find ways for them to connect with family and friends as much as possible using technology.

  • Be reassuring. Tell children that the changes in their life have been introduced to make us all safer. Tell them that eventually, things will go back to normal.

  • Be aware of the language you use with your child while you're around them. Remember that children will be listening to adult conversations more than usual.

  • Don’t dismiss your child’s fears. It's understandable for them to be concerned because they have probably never experienced anything like this before.

  • Tell your child that doctors and scientists all around the world are working really hard to learn more about coronavirus (COVID-19) and to keep us safe.

Give them some control over what is happening