Kids, Coronavirus, & Social Distancing

Online Playdates!

With social distancing in full force and children (and adults) looking for new ways to connect, Common Sense Media has put together an article with some fresh ideas for ways to connect via video conferencing. This article includes game ideas and other social interactions to freshen up those Zoom/Facetime/Etc. calls for kids.

Online Playdates, Game Nights, and Other Ways to Socialize at a Distance

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus

There are MANY websites and resources out there regarding how to talk to kids about Coronavirus (CDC has their own here). It is a lot to wade through, but most has similar messaging. This one from Child Mind Institute has a YouTube video embedded as well.

Child Mind also has some additional pages focused on:

Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis

Supporting Kids During the Coronavirus Crisis

PBS Kids

PBS Kids is another great resource for talking to younger children about Coronavirus and the habits we need to practice in order to keep ourselves healthy. The article here has links at the bottom with stories about germs and hand-washing as well as many helpful tips throughout with language to use with younger children.

De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty

Another wonderful resource from Common Sense Media. This article focuses on ways to de-stress for the whole house during these times. It really covers everything from how to have healthy conversations, take care of ourselves, and how to find joy and laughter in this distressing time.

Teens & Social Distancing

The above graphic is just an idea of what you may be seeing at home with your teens, along with what they may be experiencing (and struggling with) on a less obvious level. Just something to keep in mind as we continue with school closures.

Explaining the News to Our Kids

Common Sense Media has put out this article focused on how to explain the news to kids of all different ages. Kids are often accessing news because it is on in our homes, or on their own via the internet or social media. The news can be very overwhelming for even us adults, though it also feels very necessary to be well-informed in times of global crisis. Kids often have far less understanding and context, which can make news very daunting and scary. Check out this article for some tips in talking to your kids about current news.