In these challenging times it is critical that children continue to feel safe and
connected while parents are provided with the support they need to support their
Concern over the virus can make children and families anxious. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can
result in taking actions that reduce the risk of illness. Helping children cope with
anxiety requires providing accurate prevention information and facts without causing
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to
react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise.
Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to
ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy. However, children also need
factual, age appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk
and concrete instruction about how to avoid infections and spread of disease.
Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears,
and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce
Our Guidance Counsellor has developed some guidelines to assist parents and caregivers during this challenging time. Please visit the Wellbeing for Families section of our website - accessible via the main menu above.