Make yourself available to listen and to talk. Remain calm and reassuring. Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma. Pay attention to what children see or hear.
Guidance for how to talk to children about COVID-19 is available from the Cobb County School District, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others.
From the CDC:
As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.
Cobb County School District: How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus
National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource. This is also available at the site in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Amharic.
AJC, Get Schooled Blog: How to talk to kids about coronavirus without scaring them
For local information on COVID-19, visit: