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Talking to children about COVID-19

It’s important to talk to children about COVID-19 at an age and developmentally appropriate level and to listen to their concerns.

COVID-19 online safety information

As children and young people spend more time engaging in online learning, it is important that they understand the benefits as well as the risks.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

Resources

The following resources provide children and young people with information about the COVID-19, their wellbeing and external support options. 

Scrutinise the resource first as you know your child best and how they may react. Provide explanations where needed, answer their questions, reassure them and stop the activity if needed.

Reception to year 2

Coronavirus explained! (For kids) (YouTube)

Nanogirl explains the coronavirus, the importance of handwashing and keeping everybody safe.

Coping with worries about the Coronavirus

This video for 4 to 11 year olds explains what the virus is, who is affected, how it is transmitted, how to minimise risk and how to manage feeling worried. It also includes adult/child discussion ideas and an activity sheet.

Dave the dog is worried about coronavirus

This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.

#Covidbook: Supporting and reassuring children around the world

This book provides an opportunity for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation with COVID019. The book is in multiple languages. 

The Wiggles: Handwashing song (YouTube)

Kidshelpline: Kids 5-12

Children can access Kidshelpline if they want more information or to talk to an external support agency.

Years 3 to 6

Behind the News: What is a virus

This video explains the type of tiny parthenogen behind COVID-19, what viruses are, how they affect our bodies and how we can fight them.

Coping with worries about the coronavirus

This video for 4 to 11 year olds explains what the virus is, who is affected, how it is transmitted, how to minimise risk and how to manage feeling worried. It also includes adult/child discussion ideas and an activity sheet.

Behind the News: Social distancing

Right across Australia and the world events and gatherings are being cancelled as governments try to slow the spread of the coronavirus using a method known as social distancing. Jack finds out what that is and how it’s hoped it can help to keep people healthy.

Behind the News: Upsetting news

This video explains that it's completely normal to feel overwhelmed when something bad happens, that there are ways to feel better and there are people trying to help.

Behind the news: Handwashing

Kidshelpline: Kids 5-12

Children can access Kidshelpline if they want more information or to talk to an external support agency.

Years 7 to 10

Novel coronavirus (YouTube)

This video from the World Health Organization (WHO) explains COVID-19, how it is transmitted and how it can be prevented.

ABC News: The importance of social distancing explained (YouTube)

This news report explains the importance of physical distancing and how this can control the spread of the virus.

We all need to play our part.

Behind the News: Upsetting news

This video explains that it's completely normal to feel overwhelmed when something bad happens, that there are ways to feel better and there are people trying to help.

Behind the news: Handwashing

Kidshelpline: Teens 13 to 17

Children can access Kidshelpline if they want more information or to talk to an external support agency.

Contact

Our Learning SA

EmailEducation.OurLearning [at] sa.gov.au