SchoolTV: Special Report

Thu 12 Mar

Coronavirus: A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving international health concern. 

Around the world, people are being affected in many ways. Individuals of all ages from numerous nationalities are being diagnosed with the virus –– it doesn’t discriminate. Although children are considered at lower risk of infection, they are not immune to the multitude of news reports regularly seen or heard in the media.

This epidemic is a cause for great concern to parents, but it is also very worrying to young people. Many are wondering how best to discuss this epidemic in a way that will be reassuring to children without making them feel more worried than what they may be already. Parents should not avoid such a discussion with their children. Not talking about something can often make them worry more.

Although most children will have already heard about the coronavirus, it is important for parents and caregivers to take this opportunity to convey the facts about it and set the emotional tone. This may help kids feel more informed and reassured. Involving them and encouraging self-efficacy can also give them a sense of control and purpose.

In this Special Report, parents and caregivers will be provided with some guidelines on how best to approach this topic whilst still ensuring the wellbeing of their child.