Talking with Children about COVID-19 – a new storybook
A new story book has been produced as a collaborative project between more than 50 humanitarian organizations (including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the International Federation of Red Cross, and Save the Children).The book aims to help children understand COVID-19 and the measures that have been put into place to address it.
Children often look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful situations. Acknowledging their concerns through open discussions, without panicking, is a good way to:
- reduce anxiety,
- give them a sense of some control over their risk of infection, and
- encourage best prevention behaviours (such as physical distancing, hand washing and maintaining social contact through phone calls).
With the help of Ario (a mythical dragon-looking creature) “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus. The story has a nice way of reinforcing the fact that we all have a role to play in protecting our communities, and explores how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. The book has been translated into multiple languages, and is available for online reading or as an audio book.
Click here for the story and more information.