News about the new coronavirus is inescapable. And whether kids are hearing about COVID-19 on TV, from friends, or on social media, they are bound to have questions. Some, especially children already prone to anxiety, may have serious worries.
We asked our experts for advice on what parents should (and shouldn’t) do to help children feel secure and clear up alarming misinformation. The basics: Find out what kids are hearing. Answer their questions calmly and keep the door open for more questions as they arise. Manage your own anxiety, since kids take their cues from you. Keep family routines on track.
Finally, being practical about safety — washing those hands for 20 seconds, or as long as it takes to sing the Alphabet song — will help everyone feel more in control. Check out more advice from our experts here. And this downloadable comic from NPR aims to give kids more facts (not to speak of a few laughs) and less fear.