10 TIPS FOR SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD
1. Reassure them that the adults in their life are working hard to keep them safe.
2. Let them know it’s okay to feel scared or nervous.
3. Let them know they can ask questions and answer honestly, making sure the information is appropriate for their developmental level. It’s okay not to have all the answers.
4. Remember that children are often listening when you talk to others about COVID-19. It is important to correct misinformation when you become aware of it.
5. Maintain familiar routines where possible to bring a sense of comfort.
6. Establish new routines and a schedule to break up the day at home.
7. Encourage them to talk about their worries or concerns.
8. Explain the events as well as you can and help students/children put information into perspective. Keep students/children informed about what is happening and what may happen at a level that is suitable for their age.
9. Limit media exposure or ensure information being accessed on-line is reputable. Exposure to too much or misinformed resources/media coverage can give students/children an exaggerated view of the risks association with COVID-19.
10.Give children a sense of control by sharing things they can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as:
Wash with soap and water regularly for 20 seconds (long enough to sing the ABC’s) especially after sneezing or coughing; hand sanitizer is a good alternative when you can’t wash your hands right away
Keep their hands away from their face and mouth
Cough or sneeze into their elbow or a tissue
Stay home if they aren’t feeling well
Do not share food, eating utensils, dishes, water bottles or cups
Stay healthy by eating healthy foods, keeping physically active, and getting enough sleep
RESOURCES TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19
Talking to Kids About Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Alberta Teachers Association & Harvard
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Below are some stories and activities that you may wish to share with your child. We would suggest previewing the options below to see which ones are developmentally appropriate for your child.