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How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
How do you explain the concept of germs for kids to understand? Do you just tell them to wash their hands and hope they get the importance? When it comes to germs, it's important for kids to learn the facts in a digestible way -- one that's not too daunting. So how do you explain to them the coronavirus?
A quote by Mr. Rogers guides us through that challenging question: "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”
Here's a few tips to help navigate the conversation, courtesy of PBS Kids.
- First, share age-appropriate facts and corrected misinformation
- Second, reassure them that they're safe.
- Third, emphasize simple things your family can do to be “germ busters” — for all types of germs that are out there, including hand washing, covering your cough and practicing healthy habits.
You can also use PBS resources to help teach your children. In this Curious George clip, the Man with the Yellow Hat has a cold. Curious George learns how germs can move from person to person and that it's important to wash your hands.
Daniel Tiger is also a great resource. This Daniel Tiger clip, "Germs, Germs Go Away. Don’t come back any day," provides tips to keep germs away by washing hands and coughing into your elbow.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, PBS KIDS and Amazon are making temporary changes to our streaming offerings to give families more on-demand access to our educational content for free.
- PBS KIDS has begun increasing the number of full episodes available on pbskids.org, the PBS KIDS Video app, and connected TV devices. Eight full episodes of Sesame Street are now streaming on our platforms – up from the usual 4 episodes. In addition, eight full episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood temporarily will be available – twice as many as our usual offering.
- Temporarily, Amazon Prime Video is making select episodes from PBS KIDS series available for free. These include titles such as Arthur, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, Odd Squad, and Wild Kratts, among others.
RESOURCES FOR KIDS
PBS KIDS Video
Available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices, PBS KIDS offers on-demand educational videos and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription is required.
PBS KIDS Games App
Includes nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and PBS KIDS’ other apps at pbskids.org/apps.
RESOURCES FOR CAREGIVERS
- PBS KIDS for Parents
A robust website with information, activities and tips for parents, including resources for talking with kids about coronavirus, encouraging healthy habits, managing worried feelings and supporting playful learning at home.
- PBS KIDS Free Apps Summaries (access via Google Drive)
GAMES AND VIDEOS
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
- Step by Step Handwashing with Elmo (activity sheet)
- Elmo and Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze! (video)
Sid the Science Kid