How to talk to children about coronavirus

There is a lot of information about coronavirus in the news. Children and young people will be aware of coronavirus and may be worried about how it will affect their lives. They will look to the adults in their lives for reassurance. It is important that parent/carers and other important adults in their lives remain calm, or children and young people's anxiety may rise. Children and young people need reassurance but also age appropriate factual information about the potential seriousness of the virus and concrete information about how to avoid infection and spread of the disease. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.

The following links give some excellent advice, guidance and resources for talking to children about corona virus:

Coronavirus:a book for children - illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Place to be - Coronavirus: helpful information to answer questions from children

Child Mind Institute: Talking to children about the coronavirus

Anna Freud Institute - Supporting Schools & Colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and well-being of pupils and students during periods of disruption

Mencap: Easy read guide to coronavirus

Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic

Amaze:  Information pack for parents of SEND children

Public Health England:  Easy read version of Advice on the coronavirus for places of education

The British Psychological Society - Talking to your child about coronavirus

The Children's Commissioner: Children's guide to coronavirus

Child friendly explanation of coronavirus


How to cope emotionally

Bereavement guidance for parents

Early years friendly emotional support

Emotional well-being and behaviour

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: how to cope if you are feeling anxious about the outbreak

Mind: Coronavirus and your well-being

BBC - Coronavirus:How to protect your mental health

Anxiety UK: Health and other forms of anxiety and coronavirus


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