Well-Being Resources, Support and Advice
Whether your children are in school or at home, looking after their emotional well-being (and your own) is absolutely crucial in this time of uncertainty.
We will update this page regularly with ideas and tips.
Angela Chadwick- Counsellor and Therapist at Ryelands Primary School
Kelly Stephenson- Pupil Support Manager
Tips for talking to your child about COVID-19
During these times of uncertainty, it is important the we filter information and talk about it in a way that child can understand. These tips can help:
- Simple reassurance. Remind children that researchers and doctors are learning as much as they can, as quickly as they can, about the virus and are taking steps to keep everyone safe.
- Give them control. It’s also a great time to remind children of what they can do to help – washing their hands often, coughing into a tissue or their sleeves, and getting enough sleep.
- Watch for signs of anxiety. Children may not have the words to express their worry, but you may see signs of it. They may get cranky, be clingier, have trouble sleeping, or seem distracted. Keep the reassurance going and try to stick to your normal routines.
- Monitor their media. Keep young children away from frightening images they may see on TV, social media, computers, etc. For older children, talk together about what they are hearing on the news and correct any misinformation or rumours you may hear.
- Be a good role model. COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and neither should we. While COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China, it doesn’t mean that having Asian ancestry, or any other ancestry makes someone more susceptible to the virus or more contagious. Stigma and discrimination hurt everyone by creating fear or anger towards others. When you show empathy and support to those who are ill, your children will too.
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