Children and the Coronavirus: Tips and Tricks for Educating Them

It’s not just parents that worry about the spread of COVID-19; scientists are, too. Tips to help keep your child aware without inflicting unnecessary fear if she is concerned about recent news headlines.

In light of the coronavirus, it’s understandable why you might want to avoid discussing it with your children. Every parent wishes to prevent their children from having to deal with stress that isn’t absolutely essential. When it comes to the spread of COVID-19, kids already know more than parents realize because of social media and regular news stories. It’s sad that a lot of what they hear on a daily basis may not be factual or current.

It is the responsibility of parents to talk to their children about the coronavirus in a way that reduces anxiety, increases understanding, and prevents the spread of false information. Here are a few pointers on how to get the conversation started.

Keep them up to date.

Uncertainty over COVID-19 could frighten young people. Be a reliable source of information and dispel the rumors. Let children ask questions once you’ve explained the coronavirus and its history. NPR’s comic-style diagram could help start a discussion.

Everyone should be wary of the spectacular media ‘hooks’ used to entice viewers, listeners, and readers to tales concerning the coronavirus. A parent or other responsible adults should monitor children’s access to such materials to ensure that the information is presented in an appropriate context and that distressing or troubling elements are eliminated.

Don’t be a scaremonger.

The anxiousness of their parents might be felt by their children. If you’re concerned about the coronavirus’s unsolved questions, try to be upbeat for your child’s sake.

Consider the listener when choosing your words.

It’s possible to discuss the coronavirus with young children, despite their inability to comprehend terms like quarantine and transmission. Make use of terminology like germs and bugs, as well as animated images, to convey a sense of fun. In addition, talk about how spit or boogers can spread infections from one person to another in very specific terms. Using a child’s own illness as a point of reference can be quite beneficial.

Making preparations shouldn’t be a big problem.

Food, cleaning supplies, and other necessities are undoubtedly on your shopping list. However, your child may become frightened if he or she sees this. Try to keep the younger members of your family out of the preparations. Tell them you have extra toilet paper in the closet because you expect the whole family to be home and use the bathroom, if they ask why.

The government’s response to the coronavirus should be discussed.

Talk to your child about all of the measures that are being taken to avoid the spread of the disease, such as closing schools and conducting vaccine trials. For some children, the knowledge that the United States has a strategy can be reassuring.

Don’t forget to wash your hands.

Keep your hands clean to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Your youngsters should be able to sing the ABCs in the time it takes to wash their hands with soap and water. Especially before eating or touching your face, wash your hands thoroughly to remove bacteria-laden droplets.

Your children should also be taught how to cough into their arms, throw away old tissues, and clean down communal equipment (such keyboards) before using them. Keeping your entire family coronavirus-free is easier if you limit your exposure to microorganisms.

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