How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

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Posted by: Sue Atkins

The crisis of COVID-19 that has engulfed adult lives for the past few weeks has frightened and confused children too. As they hear you and teachers repeatedly stressing the need to maintain personal hygiene and hear or read of new cases they are likely to be bothered by many questions and fears.

As Mums & Dads we need to allay their fears and dispel their worries by educating them in the best way possible.

Children’s natural curiosity is an opportunity, and a window for you (and even grandparents) to ‘Talk & Teach’  and guide your children and help them navigate this crisis together, so that  their fears, misunderstandings and uncertainty is replaced with information, understanding and preventive action.

An informative e-book on COVID-19 published by Eton House International has created this opportunity for dialogue between children and caregivers through the medium of storytelling.

Aptly named, A New Virus has arrived, the bilingual, illustrated book explains to children what the virus is, how it can affect us and how we can protect ourselves from it.

A New Virus Has Arrived is a very special book for children of all ages, even parents and grandparents too. With beautiful illustrations, it explains the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in a sensitive and meaningful way.

  • Facts about the virus
  • How does it affect us?
  • How can you protect yourself?
  • Bilingual in English and Chinese

The publication is funded by the EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF) and can be downloaded here.

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