How do I talk to my child about Coronavirus?

During this uncertain time, it is important for children to feel comfortable and safe. We cover some ways to safeguard your children from anxieties around this pandemic. We have some tips on how to talk to children about coronavirus.


Use appropriate language


Young children cannot understand the complexities of the virus and the additional challenges we face because of it. However, children are highly receptive to parents’ feelings, moods and language.

Terms like ‘germs’ and ‘bugs’ work well for illustrating these otherwise complex terms.

They also respond well to pictures of the virus under microscope images to help them wrap their heads around something that the virus exists even though it is otherwise blind to the naked eye.

Use precise and exact language. Use examples to explain how germs transfer.