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How to tell coronavirus to children

How to tell coronavirus to children


How to tell coronavirus to children


The coronavirus, which has become a global epidemic and is constantly published on social media and news channels every day, can cause children to experience panic. So, how should coronavirus be explained to children?

Every day news about the spread of coronavirus, which affects many countries in the world, is constantly being published on social media and news channels. All this information pollution triggers anxiety and fear, causing panic.

GEN College Psychological Counseling and Guidance Department; He made suggestions about how parents can communicate with their children in an environment of fear, anxiety and panic and how they can explain this situation.

First, calm down

First of all, the ability of the family to control their own anxiety and manage crisis is very important. If mother and father are very worried in this situation, children may also be worried. Especially preschool children interpret the events by looking at their parents’ behaviors because they cannot understand these situations in a concrete way. If the parent is anxious, anxious, and stressed, the child will be in a similar attitude.

Be sincere and open to them

We can start by keeping calm and taking the right measures. Instead of hiding information from your children or trying not to show your emotions during such times when you have difficulty managing your own concerns, be sincere and open to them. Talking to children in a language appropriate for their age prevents anxiety and fear of uncertainty.

Get information from news channels you trust

Make sure that news channels are not always open at home. In environments where your child is, be careful not to make conversations involving anxiety scenarios. Evaluate where you can get the information and identify and limit the news sources you trust. Be careful not to share any information you are unsure of.

Plan safe events

You may need to spend more time with your child at home than ever before. Therefore, plan your in-home productive activities that you can do during this time. From these activities; If you have regular stretching exercises, yoga and pilates, you can do it for at least 20 minutes at home, do artistic activities, play instruments, watch documentaries, read books, take a daily shower, drink plenty of water, watch programs in foreign language without subtitles for foreign language development, healthy eating, repetition and self-study, activities that you can do together in the family (cooking, playing, etc.) can occur.

Tell how to choose the right information on social media

If your child uses social media, talk about how he or she should not believe in the information he reads and how to choose the right information. Remember that in such cases, the speed and shape of its spread rather than the event itself lead people to chaos. Instead of giving very detailed and concrete information to your preschool child, try to use short and clear expressions in a simpler language.

You can tell your young children by playing games and toys. If possible, you can play games outdoors. You can tell the disease and its precautions with symbolic games.

You can use gamification for preschool children.

You can tell your young children by playing games and toys. If possible, you can play games outdoors. You can tell the disease and its precautions with symbolic games.

Stick to routines

It is very important to stick to routines. Having flows that can be predicted in a life difficult to foresee makes the child feel safe.

Chat

While determining your own precautions (personal hygiene, hand washing, cleaning clothes, sneezing / coughing) at home, you can talk about them in a family conversation, including your child.