TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019
Based on the article written by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said as public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves. As trusted adults like parents, family members and school staff can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate and minimizes anxiety or fear.
General Principles for Talking to Children
- Remain calm and reassuring
Children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them.
- Make yourself available to listen and to talk
Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions. Make time to talk with them.
- Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio or online
Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
- Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs
- Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick
- Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash
- Discuss any new actions that may be taken by government and parents. Example like now, government said to stay at home for 14 days. Parents have to explain why must follow this action and do some activities with them at home.
- Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol.
Source: Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)