Talking to kids about COVID-19 can be challenging. Some kids have lots of questions and as caregivers choosing how much to share can be challenging. Other kids have no questions at all and for those kids, sharing some information will help them process with the changes in their world. There are a few things to remember when talking to kids about COVID-19.
1. Start the conversation. Don’t wait for your child to begin talking about COVID-19, start the conversation and let them know that you are a safe person to talk to. Be open, honest, and direct. Invite your child to share how they are feeling with you.
2. Be developmentally appropriate. Use language and phrases that matches your child’s development. Do not give more information than is necessary.
3. Don’t skip the basics.
Use this time to talk to kids about basic hygiene, including how wash your hands for 20 seconds and how to respect everyone’s big personal bubble (2 metres).
4. Reassure your child.
Talk about all the things your family is doing to be safe. Did you skip Easter dinner? Are playdates cancelled? Are you modelling physical distancing? Also let them know that if they were to get sick, the symptoms are generally mild for children and that they are safe.
5. Keep talking.This is one of those conversations that should occur regularly or as long daily routines are disrupted. Check in and see how your child is feeling, let them know if you have learned anything new, keep the door to ongoing conversation open.
Click on the image to learn how to answer some questions about COVID19 and to learn some strategies to practice with your children when they are feeling worried.
Here is a more detailed document from Yukon Government about COVID19.