How to talk to your child about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

03-23-2020Counselor's Corner

How to talk to students (via the National Association of School Psychologists)

Elementary school age students: These students need brief, simple information that balance COVID-19 facts with the reassurances that places like school and homes are safe and that adults there to keep them safe and healthy. Give simple examples of everyday steps to keep themselves healthy such as washing hands.

Middle school age students: These students will be more vocal with their questions and wondering if they are truly safe. They may need help separating reality from rumors. Discuss the public efforts to prevent germs and diseases spreading.

Points to emphasize when talking to children:

  1. Adults at home, school and in the community are taking care of your health and safety.
  2. Not everyone will get the coronavirus.
  3. It is important to trust other people and not jump to conclusions.
  4. There are many things to do to help stay healthy and avoid getting others sick:
    1. Avoid close contact with those who are sick; stay home when you are sick.
    2. Cover your cough or sneeze into your elbow or with a tissue, which is to be thrown away immediately.
    3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    4. Wash your hands often with soap and water (for 20 seconds - sing the ABCs to help time this)
    5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces around the home.