Please read our Guidance Departments article "How to talk to your children about Covid-19" and check out the provided links. We will be regularly updating this page with more information from our Guidance Department
During this health epidemic, your children are likely to have many questions for you about the Covid-19 virus and how it might impact their lives. The best advice is to answer your children's questions calmly and honestly and to share information in a developmentally appropriate manner. Specifically, young children generally need brief, simple explanations that give messages of reassurance. Let your children know that you are aware of the virus, that you have plans for keeping them safe, and that there are steps they can take to stay healthy, such as washing their hands frequently, covering their coughs and sneezes, and getting plenty of rest. In addition, monitor your children’s exposure to news reports and social media coverage of the virus. Be present if your children are watching the news in order to answer questions that may arise.
There are many excellent resources for families that provide guidance about talking to children about Covid-19.
National Association of School Psychologists
Centers for Disease Control
National Public Radio
Zero to Three
Child Mind Institute
Posted: to FCTS Special News Alerts on Tue, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2021