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Talking to your children about Coronavirus

If you feel it's right don't be afraid of talking to your children about what is happening with the coronavirus in a calm and factual way. Children can be reluctant to bring up difficult subjects but that doesn't mean they aren't thinking about them. They will be hearing the news, picking up on conversations happening at home and, if they have access to, reading things on social media. They might be building a picture in their head and that can often be worse than what is happening in reality. It is really important to have regular check-ins with children, to give them a chance to tell you how they are feeling and what they have picked up from their news. There are lots of places to get information and advice on how to broach this, we have signposted a few that might be helpful.

Young Minds Website

This website is full of helpful information and tips on how to talk to your child and how to look after your family's mental health whilst self isolating.  


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Playmobile Video

This is a simple child friendly video that explains the virus. It also talks about the actions we are all having to take now and gives the reasons for them. Please watch yourselves before showing to your children.



A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children

Axel Scheffler (Illustrator of The Gruffalo) has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?



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