Talking to Kids About COVID-19

If young people in your school or in your midst are struggling to understand the coronavirus and its effects on their little worlds, several media have stories and resources you may find helpful.

Seattle is one metro area that has experienced a wide-spread outbreak of COVID-19. Widespread cancellation of school, public gatherings and businesses have been put in place to help contain the spread of the disease. To help address the questions teachers and parents are receiving from confused young people, the Seattle Intelligencer newspaper ran this article with references and resources your teachers and parents may find helpful.

The New York Times is making its content related to the coronavirus available publicly for free. Check out its collection “Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically,” published as part of its Learning Network, that help teachers and students to stay updated on the situation, think critically about information being shared and continue learning if school closes. The content is updated regularly.

One additional story: “Talking to kids about virus? Experts say be calm and honest,” from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.


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