Explaining the coronavirus to children.
It is important that children feel safe in the face of so many changes.
It is not always easy to explain to children the things that happen in life and in the world. At a time like this, full of uncertainty, this task becomes even more complicated.
Below are some more tips that can help you explain to your children what the coronavirus is:
Ask the child what he or she knows.
Explain in a short and simple way.
The three most important things to know are:
What is it? You might say it’s a bug you can’t see, but it can cause coughing, sore throat, and fever.
How does it spread? You can tell that the bug passes from one person to another, so schools are closed and we are all at home. It is important to remember that we are not on vacation and need to do the assignments sent in by the school.
what can we do to help? To prevent the virus from spreading, we need to wash our hands several times a day, always sneeze or cough into our forearm or a disposable tissue, and stay home.
At the end, ask the child if there is anything else they want to know and always answer in a calm tone and with the truth.
Allow children to say how they feel and help them by validating their emotions. For example, I understand that you are sad that you can’t go out, but what we are doing is very important so that no one else gets sick.
Don’t promise things that you don’t know you can deliver. For example: In 10 days we can go to the park and play. It is better to say that the doctors are doing everything possible to beat the bug as soon as possible.
Use metaphors from their favorite cartoons to teach them in a playful way that it is very important to wash your hands, and validate them every time they wash their hands.
It is good to avoid watching the news in the presence of children. The information conveyed is intended for adults and children cannot process it in the same way.
Also avoid talking about the subject with other adults in front of children, especially in a worried tone.
We know that caring for and raising children is no easy task. At this difficult time, we need to redouble our efforts to bring comfort and care to the more than 500 children and adolescents who live in the organization’s 59 homes. We need your support more than ever!