Helping children to cope
It's really important that we involve our family and children in our plans for good mental and physical health.
We need to be alert and ask children what they have heard about the coronavirus outbreak and support them, without causing them alarm.
We need to minimise the impact it has on children and explain the facts to them. Discuss the news with them but try and avoid over-exposure to coverage of the virus. Be as truthful as possible.
Read Barnados' guidance for parents on how to talk to children about coronavirus.
Resources for children
- Talking to children about the coronavirus - help with talking to children about the news, tips on how to navigate conversations.
- Information for children about coronavirus - Read The Little Corona King for foundation stage and Key Stage 1 children.
- Dr Xand and Dr Chris video on Corona Questions - Corona questions for young people dispelling any myths or fears
- Keeping children calm - Breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help children let go of stress.
- Mindfulness - mindfulness games for children.
- Staying active - Children will love these Disney inspired Shake Up games. 10-minute bursts of fun will really get your kids moving and count towards the 60 active minutes they need every day!
- Keeping busy and active - If you are a library member can you download eBooks and eAudiobooks free of charge using the Libby app from Overdrive.
- Virtual museum tours - 12 famous museums that offer virtual museum tours that you can take from the sofa
- Get active, take notice, keep learning and connect with your family - 100 ideas for things you can do in your back garden
- Physical activity apps - NHS activity apps to help you boost your physical activity in 10-minute bursts and a couch to 5k routine.
- Joe Wicks PE: Live PE sessions with Joe Wicks, Monday to Friday at 9am