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Keeping kids calm and connected

Find tips on helping children understand coronavirus and how to keep them feeling safe.

  

For kids as well as adults, coronavirus has brought about a lot of confusing and sudden changes to the way we live our lives.

In this corner of The Den you’ll find clear, simple tips on how to talk with your children about coronavirus and its impact on their lives, as well as ideas on how to comfort them. 

It’s also a safe space for children to share their brilliant ideas for other kids to enjoy, and to keep us adults uplifted and inspired when we need it most. 

7 tips on how to talk to your kids about coronavirus

1. Be calm, honest, and informed.

2. Tailor your approach based on your child. Think about whether more information makes them more or less anxious.

3. Share facts simply and calmly. Kids take their cue from you.

4. Ask your child what they know, answer their questions and address any misinformation.

5. Validate their feelings, while reassuring them. 

6. Remind them of what’s in their power. Washing their hands thoroughly and often, coughing and sneezing into their elbow, getting plenty of sleep, etc.

7. Model good hygiene, and try to make it fun! Think of or create a favorite song to sing while scrubbing hands for at least 20 seconds.

 

 

 

How to protect yourself against coronavirus

Explaining Coronavirus to kids

This one page comic can help children understand more about coronavirus and what they can do to help protect themselves and their friends.

This one page comic has been created to help children understand more about coronavirus.

Colour in the comic yourself

How to help children feel safe

Friends cuddle on the boat to school, Cambodia

Having a cuddle always makes things feel a bit better

Everyone has their own way of feeling safe. For some it’s a hug from someone they love, for others it is writing down their worries – or even just dancing around the house until the feeling has passed. There’s no right or wrong way! 

In these uncertain times, feeling worried is natural - but expressing yourself can really help. 

Make models like Luis*

“I make action figures because sometimes I have nothing to do so I start moulding. I grab a picture and I mould [what I see]. I like it.”

Luis had to leave his home in Venezuela. Now he and his family live in a new city in a new country: Peru. For a while, Luis wasn’t able to go to school – and he missed his friends and his old life. He has to spend a lot of time in the one-room flat he shares with his family. 

His mum says: “Luis makes plasticine figures. He makes them when he's anxious. That's how he manages his anxiety at being locked in here – that's how he feels better.”

As you can see, he’s got pretty good at it! But the best thing is, it takes his mind off things for a bit.

Do you have some clay or plasticine?

You could have a go at recreating your family or things you have at home. Or inventing some animals, superheroes or monsters... or think about a really happy memory – and build that! 

Need some extra time to unwind?

Try out our relaxation techniques to help shake the world off.

 

 

  

  

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