How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus (Resource List)

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Coronavirus is disrupting life around the world. Kids need answers! The fear and anxiety of this crisis is amplifying the disruption in their lives. This page is our list of resources to help parents explain the COVID19 pandemic to their children. Please leave a comment to share more resources, I’ll be updating this article daily. I’ve included resources from Christian and non-religious perspectives to make sure parents have all the help they need!

Coronavirus Explained for Kids (Video)

David Rausch, from GO! Children’s Ministry made this helpful video. Kids want to know… What is coronavirus? What should I do about it? Do I need to be scared? This video answers those questions and points kids to the Bible for direction on what to do when they feel afraid. It’s perfect for use at home or at a church Sunday School or Children’s Ministry.

Articles for Parents about Coronavirus

Parenting Well in the Midst of a Coronavirus Pandemic

Parenting Well in the Midst of a Pandemic

Written by Kim Botto, Crossroads Church in Cincinnati. With all the talk about COVID-19 and the many changes to family routines due to school closings, changes in parents’ work schedules, and cancellations of many events, this can raise concerns and questions. So how do we talk to our kids during this health crisis?

Stephen Grcevich MD

Seven Ways to Support Kids with Anxiety about the Coronavirus

Stephen Grcevich MD explains how talk and preparation for the coronavirus will very likely exacerbate anxiety symptoms for many of the children we’re treating, and precipitate anxiety in kids predisposed to anxiety who have never before exhibited symptoms. What can parents do to support the mental health of their kids amidst talk of the coronavirus in the weeks and months ahead? Here are seven ideas…

How to talk to your kids about the CoronaVirus

How to talk to your kids about the CoronaVirus

Pastor Ron Brooks shares 6 tips to help you talk to your kids about the coronavirus.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus - PBS Kids

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus (non-religious)

Deborah Farmer Kris, PBS Kids – I had thought my initial conversations with my kids about COVID-19 had been good enough. But with adults, kids at school and the news all hyper-focused on this coronavirus outbreak, my reassuring voice needed to be a little louder.

Printable Coronavirus Resources for Kids

FREE Coronavirus Social Narrative for Children

FREE Coronavirus Social Narrative for Children (non-religious)

As we navigate this unprecedented time in our lives right now, I’m sure children have so much swirling around in their heads.  Their routines are being changed and they are witnessing some stress and anxiety by the adults around them.  I wanted to share a simple social story I made for children.  Please share with anyone you would like.  Stay safe my friends!

NPR Coronavirus Comic for Kids

Coronavirus Comic for Kids from NPR (non-religious)

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus – It’s based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.

Ph.D Jamie Howard from Child Mind Institute (non-religious)

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice Jamie Howard, PhD, Clinical Psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. You can also read the printed version of this information – Talking to Kids about Coronavirus from the Child-Mind Institute.

More Articles for Parents Explaining COVID19 to their Children


Coronavirus Resources for Educators (non-religious)

To support access to information about how best to respond to coronavirus disease, we are maintaining this page with links to resources published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, American Federation of Teachers and other reputable sources. We also advise consulting your state education and public health agencies as well as your school district and local public health department for local information.

Please leave a comment to share more resources. I will be updating this list frequently and want to provide the most possible help for parents.

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