Supporting children and youth during COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s not unusual for children and youth to worry about themselves and their families. Being stuck at home and unable to visit friends and extended family can also prompt feelings of confusion, sadness or anxiety.
Trusted adults, like caregivers and teachers, can play a central role in helping young people understand the situation by sharing information in a way that is honest and accurate. Adults can also reassure young people by teaching them how to keep themselves and others safe and healthy.
Talking to children about COVID-19
There are many resources available to help support conversations with little ones, including:
- Centers for Disease Control: Talking with children about coronoavirus
- World Health Organization: Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
- Canadian Mental Health: Talking to kids about COVID-19 and its impact (PDF)
- Kelty Mental Health: Talking to children about COVID-19
Supporting teens during COVID-19
Self-isolation and physical distancing can be especially challenging for teens. Emphasizing physical and mental health, and strong self-care practices, is a good way to lessen stress and help them adjust. For suggestions and support, see:
- BC Children’s Hospital: Helping children and teens cope with social isolation
- Unicef: How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronovirus (COVID-19)
- Anxiety Canada: Anxiety in youth
- Kids Help Phone: We’re here for you during COVID-19
- Kids Help Phone: How to cope with social distancing during COVID-19
- Here to Help: Mental health and substance use information
Youth education during COVID-19
Schools across the province are using different solutions to help youth continue their learning. You can help by keeping children engaged in activities at home and, wherever possible, sticking to their usual routines. For suggestions to help keep children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit Open Schools BC.
To help teach your children about hazards in B.C., including disease outbreaks, consider using the free Master of Disaster classroom program. For disease outbreak information, see the Get Ready Guide (PDF, 9.73 MB), page 8.
For more COVID-19 teaching resources, visit Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus.