According to a recent YouGov poll, 80% of children in the UK are worried about COVID-19. Experts say that it is important not to shy away from talking to your children about coronavirus and that discussing the outbreak may help to protect their mental health in the future. But it’s not always easy to know what to say and what not to say.
There is a useful article entitled: 6 ways parents can support their kids through coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at www.unicef.org which gives some good advice.
You can also find a social story with photographs by Carol Gray at www.autism.org.uk
Although designed for children on the ASD spectrum it is actually a really good way to talk through the issue and to get them to raise and discuss any fears. This is from the US so you might need to explain or change a few words!
I have also attached a child-friendly explanation of coronavirus which is a useful resource for very young children.
If any of you have found and used any resources which might be helpful for other families, please feel free to share by commenting on this blog.