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Explaining COVID-19 to your child

Talk to your children about COVID-19 (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 COVID-19 is (PDF, 1MB, 12 pages) to young children.


Your child might be aware that lots of adults are getting COVID-19 vaccines. Children aged 5 to 11 do not need to get the COVID-19 vaccine yet. But they might need to get COVID-19 vaccine soon.

Children with autism and intellectual disabilities

Use these stories to help children with autism understand COVID-19 - from the autism charity, As I Am.

Use this comic strip to explain COVID-19 to children with autism (PDF, 1MB, 12 pages).

Read advice on how to support someone with special needs during the COVID-19 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.

COVID-19 social story for younger children in care (PDF, 420 KB, 2 pages)

COVID-19 social story for older children in care (PDF, 571 KB, 3 pages)

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Last updated: 23 September 2021

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