Talking to Kids

Explore these resources for guidance on talking to kids about the pandemic and related school closures.

School Closures

Save the Children: How to help kids cope with extended school closures
This printable PDF provides 6 top tips to help parents set the stage, stay on schedule, co-create plans with their kids and prioritize learning.

Discussing the Pandemic

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Experts at the Child Mind Institute offer advice for discussing the pandemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already are.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
PBS KIDS offers three steps for responding to the “I heards” from kids and how parents can emphasize germ-busting habits.

Learning Differences

Understood: How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids
This article offers tips for communicating with children who have learning differences that can make talking about an unfolding crisis more challenging.

Materials for Kids

NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
NPR presents a comic developed from an interview with Tara Powell, Joy Osofsky, PhD, and Krystal Lewis on what kids might want to know about the Coronavirus.

BrainPOP: Coronavirus
BrainPOP has created a video and related activities to inform and engage elementary school children about how viruses work.