The PLC Coronavirus Resource Centre contains helpful information from various government and public authorities to help families navigate some of the challenges of the Coronavirus.

 

Coronavirus: A guide for parents to support their children

Leading adolescent and child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg has provided great advice to parents on how to help their child’s anxiety about the spread of the coronavirus, in a special video report produced by SchoolTV, kindly made available to the The Parents’ Website community.

‘As the situation grows seemingly worse, the hysteria surrounding this outbreak is causing great anxiety and angst to people everywhere, especially parents. Although children are considered to be in a lower risk category, this does not protect them from being exposed to news reports on television, radio or social media,’ says the report. ‘As a parent it is important to reassure your child, dispel any myths or untruths, and help them feel informed, allowing them to focus more on positive messages.

‘Parents need to involve children in planning and preparedness at home, assigning jobs and roles and teaching them ways to look after themselves. Having this sense of purpose and control can help alleviate their fears. However, despite your best efforts, some children may still present with anxiety issues. Knowing what to look for will help parents provide them with the support they need.’

You can view the special report video by clicking here

Hand Washing Techniques from the World Health Organisation (WHO)

The following video tutorials are a useful guide to effectively wash and sanitise hands for the prevention of the transmission of the Coronavirus.

Each video runs for approximately 90 seconds.

Hand Washing
Hand Sanitiser

Additional resources regarding the Coronavirus and children

Coronavirus - A childrens Picture Book Guide

The Raising Children Coronavirus website

Discussing the Coronavirus with Children

A Video Guide - Explaining the Coronavirus to Children - Royal Children's Hospital

Supporting children and young people to cope with the Coronavirus - Royal Children's Hospital

An online Coronavirus safety kit for parents and carers

Free Webinars for Parents and Carers on how to stay safe online

COVID-19 Online Safety Kit for Parents & Carers from the Governments E-Safety Commissioner