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.

Resources and guidance for trusted adults to talk with children about COVID-19 include:

Cobb County School District: How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus

CDC: Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children

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

NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

GPB Radio: Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now

For local information on COVID-19, visit:

Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Cobb County Government

Cobb County School District

Marietta City Schools

‘How to Talk to Kids about COVID-19’: Resources for Adults