Tips for Explaining Coronavirus to your Son

By now, most of your sons have heard about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a school, we have witnessed mixed reactions from the boys. The prospect of early holidays and/or temporary home-based learning has generated feelings of excitement in some, which has served to minimise possible distress caused by the disease. For others, however, the daily government changes and uncertainty around how the pandemic will progress has been anxiety-provoking.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time for parents with increased pressure placed on adult caregivers to inform, but not alarm, their children with facts about COVID-19. To assist you in opening up this important dialogue with your son/s, we have put together a collection of resources from Infectious Disease Experts and Child Psychologists:

  • Help Kids Manage Anxiety Around Coronavirus – click here
  • SBS: what to tell your kids about Coronavirus – click here
  • How to cope with COVID-19 Anxiety – click here
  • Department of Education has a coronavirus factsheet – click here
  • Reach Out Schools – click here
  • Emerging Minds –How to talk to your child about the pandemic –  click here  
  • Kids Helpline – click here
  • Headspace – click here
  • Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
    • How to Talk to your Children about Coronavirus – ABC – click here
      • Cora’s mum Denise said her daughter cried for about four or five days because she had been discussing it with her classmates and was anxious about her grandparents as well as her own health.
    • Worried about your child getting coronavirus? Here’s what you need to know – The Conversation – click here
      • The best way to avoid COVID-19 infection (and infection with any other respiratory virus) is by washing your hands with soap and water, using a tissue or the crook of your elbow to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and by avoiding close contact with others who are unwell.
  • QLD Health – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources – click here

It is important to know that our Counselling department has not been fielding significant self-referrals from students concerned about COVID-19. Students are more apprehensive about the impact of school closure on their studies, and this is seen more specifically in our senior students. The Wellbeing Health team will continue to create and deliver resources to you around how to support your boys during this evolving and unprecedented event.

Below are helpful strategies to further support yourself and your family through the rapid changes of COVID-19:

  1. Talk as a Family. Encourage your kids to ask questions and answer them honestly. Please remember to use language and information that is relevant to the age of your son and focus on things he can control (e.g., washing hands), rather than sharing information beyond his control.
  2. Limit News Reading. Try to restrict exposure to the news and if you do share information, make sure it is from a reputable source.
  3. Stick to a Routine. In the event of school closure try to keep a typical routine around morning tea and lunch breaks with adequate time for outdoor exercise/play to help keep your son on track.
  4. Be Proactive. Now is the perfect time to practice those personal hygiene and self-care skills that we learn through our Wellbeing Health pillars of MENS REMAP on Canvas. 

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