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This tip sheet will help parents, caregivers, and teachers learn some common reactions, respond in a helpful way, and know when to seek support.Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus (article & video)
- Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus.
- Be developmentally appropriate.
- Take your cues from your child.
- Deal with your own anxiety.
- Be reassuring.
- Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe.
- Keep talking.
A middle school psychologist in New Jersey suggests the following:
- Remain calm and reassuring.
- Make yourself available.
- Avoid excessive blaming.
- Monitor television viewing and social media.
- Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible.
- Be honest and accurate
A comic strip for children developed by Tara Powell at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Joy Osofsky at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health.
- She impresses on them that: "They're resilient, they're strong. They're capable of handling things that are challenging."
- Grown ups have to be aware of their own anxiety because children pick up on that
- She does not recommend having a conversation with children under 6 unless they brought a concern to you