Talking to children and young people about COVID-19

Red Cross Australia has assembled a helpful guide to help you speak to children and young people about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like adults, children are navigating something they have never experienced before. Finding the right way to talk to them about COVID-19 can help protect children and reduce their fear.

Children have a right to know what is going on, but as adults we have a responsibility to protect them from distress. There are ways to talk to children that will help limit their fears and address their concerns, including:

  • Use age appropriate language.

  • Show you are listening and their concerns are important to you.

  • Explain you haven’t been through anything like this either but you know the world will keep spinning and the sun will come up each day.

  • Remind them you are there to look after them

Access the guide here at the Red Cross website