How to Talk to Kids About COVID-19
COVID-19 Information and De-Stress Resources for Families with Kids:
As we shelter in place with young ones, being the “adult–in–charge” is more challenging than ever before. As we all know, parents, guardians, and caregivers set the emotional tone in their households. Children are hyper-aware of the surrounding tensions brought on by COVID-19. They have questions! A lot of them. Navigating uncertainties is hard enough as it is. That’s why we’ve gathered the following resources to help explain COVID-19 in comfortable, child-friendly terms. You will also find resources to help children (and you) cope with the inevitable stress of the times.
SHARING INFORMATION WITH CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19 WITH CHILDREN:
ARTICLES AND OTHER RESOURCES:
From PBS News Hour, 10 tips for talking about COVID-19 with your children.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has advice in English here.
The National Network for Childhood Traumatic Stress (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Law. Recursos en español 包括中文资源。
HELPING YOUR FAMILY DEAL WITH STRESS:
Does your child have mental health challenges, learning disorders, or is on the autism spectrum? The Child Mind Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, has the right resources for you! Recursos en español.
The World Health Organization (WHO) keeps it simple with this one-page chart to reassure your child.
WHO has information in various languages—See https://www.who.int/es/health-topics/coronavirus/coronavirus and click your language in the top right-hand corner.
KQED offers this resource for parents to help both themselves and their children to de-stress.
As people shelter in pace, child abuse may be less obvious and difficult to determine. You don’t have to know for sure! Call Child Protective Services at 415-473-7153 for suspected cases. For domestic abuse, please see these resources for phone numbers and websites from the San Rafael Police Department.