We are certainly facing much uncertainty with the spread of the Coronavirus across our world. I have included some tips in this week's newsletter that you may find helpful. I pray that all in our community stay healthy and safe in these coming weeks.
Conversations with children and young people
Families and caregivers of children and young people should discuss news of the virus with those in their care in an open and honest way.
Try to relate the facts without causing alarm, and in a way that is appropriate for their age and temperament.
It is important to listen to any questions they may have, and to let them know that they are safe and that it’s normal to feel concerned.
If the media or the news is getting to be too much for them, encourage them to limit their exposure.
Below you will find a range of key resources, including videos and tips for young people, to help promote ongoing wellbeing and good health across our school community:
SPECIAL REPORT: Coronavirus – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg developed this video for parents and school staff. Catholic Education Melbourne acknowledges the generosity of SchoolTV in making the report accessible to parents and staff in Catholic school communities
How to talk to your children about coronavirus – ABC News article
Worried about your child getting coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know – The Conversation article
Talking to children about natural disasters, traumatic events, or worries about the future – This Emerging Minds video introduces ways for parents and carers to manage media coverage of traumatic events, and talk to their children about their worries and fears
Traumatic events, the media and your child – This Emerging Minds fact sheet provides guidance on how to support and reassure children during ongoing media coverage of COVID-19.