with older children
Some children may feel worried, anxious, or sad about what they’ve heard about COVID-19 through media or overhearing other people talk about it. Having an open and supportive conversation with children can help reduce any worries they may have.
Answer questions honestly, and keep your answers child-friendly. Consider using language or examples that are age-appropriate, monitoring how children are reacting throughout the conversation, and being mindful of the types of information that might cause distress (e.g. talking about deaths).
Provide reassurance. Acknowledge children’s concerns and feelings, and remind them that they are less likely to be sick with the virus, and if they do have the virus they will probably experience symptoms similar to a cold or having the flu. Let children know there are many adults working to keep your family safe: doctors, researchers, government, teachers and cleaners.