Talking to Children about Coronavirus

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Mar 13, 2020

News about coronavirus COVID-19 comes fast and furious, and some of the information can be overwhelming and even a little scary to children as they  pick up on this information and figure out how to process it.  As with any big event, it’s important to talk to your children about what they know and what they are feeling.

School Counselor, Gabrielle Wuebben said, “The number one thing to remember is that children of all ages will react and follow your reactions to COVID-19. It is important that you remain calm, explain things honestly in terms that are age appropriate, and listen to any fears your student may have. At this time, monitoring social media use and the news coverage your student is seeing is key to understanding what fears your student may have and where they may be coming from. It is also essential to help children understand the importance of good hygiene and continue practicing these things at home. While the normal routine may not always be possible, sticking as close to a routine schedule as you are able will help reduce stress in children. As always, sleep plays a vital part in helping reduce stress and anxiety in any situation.”     

 It is also important to know the facts about COVID-19.  Good resources for information include Northern Kentucky Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.