How do I talk to my kids about COVID-19?
Based on recent research, children are not at a higher risk for COVID-19 than adults, however, with kids at home and events canceled, you may find kids and teens in your life curious about what Coronavirus is.


By using the CDC’s guidelines for age-appropriate explanations of COVID-19, you can help the young people in your life build a better understanding of how they can stay safe and what they can do to help stop the spread.


Early Elementary School Children
Provide brief, simple information that balances COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that adults are there to help keep them healthy and to take care of them if they do get sick. Give simple examples of the steps people make every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Emphasize that adults are working hard to keep them safe.


Upper Elementary and Early Middle School Children
This age group often is more vocal in asking questions about whether they indeed are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 spreads in their area. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss the efforts national, state, and community leaders are doing to prevent germs from spreading.


Upper Middle and High School Students
Issues can be discussed in more depth. Refer them to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Engage them in decision-making about family plans, scheduling, and helping with chores at home.

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