Is your child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)? We’ve teamed up with our charity partner the NSPCC to give you advice to help you support them and keep them safe. It’s important not to shy away from talking about the coronavirus with your children. There's lots of uncertainty in the world at the moment. And there won't always be answers to the questions your children are asking. Try and be calm, honest and informed when talking about the news related to coronavirus.
Encourage your child to talk to you or another trusted adult about how they’re feeling. Remember, this doesn’t always have to be face-to-face – they might find it easier writing their thoughts down. For younger children, play can be a great way to help them talk about their worries or give them a good distraction when they're upset.
Missing family, friends and schoolmates can have a big impact on children of all ages. Finding ways to have social interactions can be tricky, especially if you’re worried about screen-time, but it's possible to find the right balance with using smartphones and webcams to keep in touch. Talk together about how you can all manage your screen time as a family.
It's normal for a lack of routine and structure to make children and young people feel anxious and upset. It can be challenging to find a routine that works for everyone, especially if you're juggling working from home with taking care of children with different needs. A rota or timetable, even a loose one, can help alleviate anxiety.
There are lots of free online tools and resources that can help children work through their worries. Have a look online together to find ones that work best for your child and help them feel like they have control. Childline has lots of advice on coronavirus and how to ease anxiety.