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Coronavirus: advice to stop the spread. Extra restrictions are in place for Kildare, Laois and Offaly

Explaining coronavirus to your child

Last updated: 05 May 2020 at 2.45pm

Involving your children in your plans to manage this situation is important. Try to consider how they might be feeling.

Give children and young people the time and space to talk about the outbreak. Share the facts with them in a way that suits their age and temperament, without causing alarm.

Talk to your children about coronavirus. But try to limit their exposure to news and social media. This is especially important for older children who may be spending more time online. It may be causing anxiety. If they are online, tell them where they can get accurate and factual information.

Use this comic strip to explain what coronavirus is (PDF, 1MB, 12 pages) to young children.

Extra restrictions are in place for Kildare, Laois and Offaly.
Follow this advice if you live in one of those counties.

Children with autism and intellectual disabilities

Use these stories to help children with autism understand coronavirus - from the autism charity, As I Am.

Use this comic strip to explain coronavirus to children with autism (PDF, 1MB, 12 pages).

Read advice on how to support someone with special needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Children in care

Children in care may not be able to see family members as regularly as before. They may find this difficult.

These stories may help you to explain the current situation to them and that things will improve.

Coronavirus social story for younger children in care (PDF, 420 KB, 2 pages).

Coronavirus social story for older children in care (PDF, 571 KB, 3 pages).

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page last reviewed: 01/05/2020
next review due: 01/05/2023