Cornwall Educational Pyschology Service Advice
Talking to children about Covid 19 – Tips and information for schools and families
The following suggestions may be helpful:
- Reassure children that they are safe: Children will need to be reassured regularly they are safe, and that adults will faithfully try to keep them safe.
- Let children know that it is alright to be upset: Tell children all feelings are OK, but it is important to still behave in a polite and respectful way to others.
- Maintain a normal routine: Set up a work/leisure/exercise routine for students at home. Make extra time to listen to what your children need to tell you.
- Place an emphasis on resilience and strengths: Focus on the child’s skills, in terms of their daily life. Help them see they have many strengths to help them cope if feeling anxious or upset.
- Look for opportunities to help others: Acts of benevolence, charity and humanity help to restore positivity about the world.
- Provide opportunities for children to be honest about their feelings: Sharing worries or feelings of upset with other family members reduces a sense of vulnerability and isolation, raises optimism and self-esteem. Checking in with your children to see if they have any worries can help them start these conversations.
- Provide opportunities for physical exercise: Exercise is valuable in developing natural chemicals in the brain to help us cope with feelings such as shock or worry.
- Provide opportunities for creative activities: Creative activities such as drawing, music, dancing, painting and writing allow children to find different ways in which to process the events that are happening around them.
- Communicate any concerns with school: If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s emotional behaviour please do let the school know. There will be things the school can do to help further.
- Look after yourself: A time of stress can mean less energy and more potential for illness for you, as well as others. So please take care of yourself.
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