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Helpful resources for supporting and talking to children and young people about Coronavirus

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With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, children are being exposed to information and misinformation from many sources and some children may find it hard to cope.  We have put together some helpful resources for you to help you support and talk to your child/children and young people about the Coronavirus.

Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19 (PDF/A 4.96MB)

The Universities of Oxford and Reading have released a guide to supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19. This guide covers:

  • Watching out for getting caught in vicious cycles
  • Keeping healthy habits
  • Responding to children and young people
  • And Resources for teachers and others working with children.

Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts - how parents should tell kids

With the number of coronavirus patients rising around the world, children are being exposed to information and misinformation from many sources. How can parents best keep them up to date without terrifying them?   Source: BBC News

Coronavirus Factsheet for Children 

Information for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading.  Developed by the Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust.

Unicef

How to talk to your child about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - 8 tips to help comfort and protect children.

British Psychological Society

Talking to children about-coronavirus

Childmind

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Kids worry more when they're kept in the dark

Zero to Three

Tips for Families: Coronavirus

National Association of School Psychologists

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Youngminds

If your child is worried or anxious about coronavirus Young Minds Parents Helpline experts’ have lots of advice on what you can do.

Covid-19: Information for young people

Advice and sources of information from the Association for Young People's Health.

Stories about Coronavirus for Children

Visual stories are a useful way of helping children to understand the Coronavirus. Here are some links to some good examples:

Coronavirus - A book for children

Free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. For children 5 to 9 year olds.

Covibook

A short book about Coronavirus for children under 7 years.

ELSA

Coronavirus Story for children

Carol Gray

Pandemics and the Cornavirus

The Autism Educator

A Social Story about the coronavirus.

NPR

A comic exploring coronavirus to help young people understand.

Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home

Great for Winnie the Witch fans.  The brilliant Korky Paul has produced a book for lockdown: “Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home”

Information Videos for Children about the Coronavirus

CBeebies

Video on the importance of washing our hands.

CBBC Newsround

Dr Chris and Dr Xand explain what’s happening.

Brainpop

Information video on Coronavirus for primary age children.

World Health Organisation

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults (WHO)

Don't Worry, Little Bear!

This lovely story on the Early Years Story Book website, is to help explain Coronavirus to children and to assure them that everything will be okay.  There are activities to do to.

Coronavirus explained (for children!)

There are some useful videos explaining coronavirus and talking about why handwashing is so important. 

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