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Talking to children and young People about COVID19

By 27th March 2020 June 3rd, 2020 No Comments

The Department of Education and Skills has released some advice for parents and schools on talking to children and young people about COVID-19.

They suggest letting the child or young person’s age and questions guide you as to how much information to give them. Young people are very aware of the recent restrictions to their lives and it is important to discuss the reasoning for this, with them.

Some actions the article suggests include:

  • Very young children need brief, simple information and reassurance that they are safe and that the people they care about are safe.
  • Reassure them that the Government is working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.
  • Tell them that not everyone will get the virus and that the vast majority who get it recover fully.
  • Older children may need help to separate reality from rumour and fantasy. Either provide or direct them to where they can find accurate and factual information about the status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
  • Encourage children/young people to continue with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem upset or overwhelmed.
  • Maintain a normal routine as much as possible, keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring.
  • Remember factual and reliable information about the virus can help reduce anxiety.
  • Maintain a normal routine as much as possible, keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring.

More information and links to downloadable posters here