How to talk to your kids about COVID-19
Prepare to speak with them. It is important that you stay calm when you speak to your kids about COVID-19. Before speaking with them, soothe your own nerves by researching current COVID-19 information. There is a lot of uncertainty and it is understandable that even you may be experiencing some anxiety or frustration during the pandemic. Click here to learn about the most current COVID-19 information.
Be age appropriate. Make sure you talk at your child(ren)’s level. The way you speak to a middle school student will be different than a preschooler. Try not to use big words when explaining COVID-19 and relate it in terms they will understand.
Listen to their questions and answer honestly. Children can be overwhelmed with trying to process a lot of information at once. Give them time to ask questions and don’t get frustrated if they keep asking the same question – they may be looking to you for constant reassurance.
Stay positive. Reassure your child(ren) that there are scientists, healthcare professionals and many other people working very hard to keep us all safe. Processing information about COVID-19 can result in many different emotions, but try your best to always remain positive.
On This Page
- How to get your child to wear a mask
- Superhero Mask Coloring Page
- Protecting Your Child’s Mental Health
- COVID-19 and Pregnancy
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Additional Resources
Navigating COVID-19 concerns can be challenging for adults, but is even more difficult when it comes to children and teens. While, in general, children are at a lower risk of contracting or becoming severely ill with COVID-19, it is still important to understand symptoms of the virus in young people and what to do if your child is sick.