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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.

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