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.
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.
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
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.
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If your child is worried or anxious about coronavirus Young Minds Parents Helpline experts’ have lots of advice on what you can do.
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:
Free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. For children 5 to 9 year olds.
A short book about Coronavirus for children under 7 years.
Coronavirus Story for children
Pandemics and the Cornavirus
A Social Story about the coronavirus.
A comic exploring coronavirus to help young people understand.
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
Video on the importance of washing our hands.
Dr Chris and Dr Xand explain what’s happening.
Information video on Coronavirus for primary age children.
Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults (WHO)
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.
There are some useful videos explaining coronavirus and talking about why handwashing is so important.