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Talking to your children about COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic is everywhere in the news, which can be a particularly frightening time for your children, causing anxiety and uncertainty in their everyday lives. This is why it is vital for you as a parent to talk to your children during this worrying time and explain to them what coronavirus is and what they can do to minimise the risks of catching and spreading the virus.

You can start by simply explaining what the coronavirus is in the way that they would understand and by highlighting the ways that they can take part in reducing the spread of germs. For example, by washing their hands whilst singing a song that they love for 20 seconds.

Please see below some examples that will help you to start a conversation.



Parents and carers have an important role when it comes to helping a child to understand what is happening around them. Children have very creative imaginations that may lead them to create unnecessarily worrying stories in their minds if parents do not talk to them at all, or enough (or indeed too much!), about topics like coronavirus. This is why it is vital for parents and carers to talk and explain to their child what is happening in the world.

So what can you do? You can start by talking and listening to your child and finding out what they understand about the virus and what they have heard about it so far. Think about what your child needs to know in order to understand the current situation and what  they can do about it. When talking to your child try to make it clear to them that coronavirus is a new disease and therefore people in charge such as as scientists, the government and doctors are trying to encourage people to help prevent the spread of the virus while they are busy making medicine that will help.

As a parent or carer, you can try showing them educational, child friendly videos that explain what coronavirus is or use interactive posters to help them better understand the situation and what they can do to help stop the spread. 

Difficult conversations like this will help to build an even better relationship with your child and make them feel safe and understood.

Who can help?

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If you’re worried about your child,  our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. **Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

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