Speak openly and honestly about the world around them.
Photo: @cottonbro/Pexels.com Teach them the facts about coronavirus
and the proper safety steps you will take as a family to keep you all safe. Keep in mind the developmental age of your child and make sure to keep things in perspective.
Reassure them they can ask you questions and together you will find an answer. Your child may have information-gathering questions, such as: How do people catch the virus? or reassurance-asking questions, such as: Are we going to be okay? These types of questions when asked once or twice, are quite normal. However, asking the same type of question repeatedly may mean that your child has some anxiety over their concern, and they may still have questions. In this case, have a longer chat to address any fears or concerns they may still have.
Check out kid-friendly resources
such as BrainPop
and Peekaboo Kidz. They have excellent video cartoons explaining viruses. Watch them together to help spark a conversation. Your older students may want to watch the news to stay informed; however, media overload is never a good thing.
Use this time to bond as a family. Now is a good time to take a 'technology timeout.' Put the phones and computers down and stay away from social media.