Advice for Children and Parents During the Coronavirus Pandemic
ADVICE FOR CHILDREN
Staffordshire FA has compiled some advice from the Childline and Think U Know websites to help children understand the coronavirus and support parents with the closure of schools.
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS?
COVID-19 is a new type of virus that’s been affecting some people across the world. It’s sometimes called coronavirus, and it can affect people's lungs and airways, but it seems like it has less effect on children and young people.
The symptoms are usually:
• a high fever
• a cough you haven’t had before
Most people who get COVID-19 or coronavirus will recover fully without ever needing to see their doctor or GP. And experts in the UK and across the world are working on treatments and ways to keep everyone safe.
10 TIPS FOR COPING DURING LOCKDOWN
• Keep talking to people
• Make a routine
• Keep busy
• Stay healthy
• Say goodbye to school
• Tell someone if you need support
• Try new things
• Ask questions about what's happening
• Let your feelings out
IF YOU’RE FEELING UNWELL
If you think you have coronavirus, don’t go to your doctor or GP unless you’re told to. The first thing you should do is tell an adult you trust or phone 111 for advice.
When you or someone you live with is having symptoms of coronavirus, it’s important to stay at home. At the moment, it’s recommended that you all stay at home for 14 days after someone gets ill.
Staying at home can help stop the disease from spreading, especially to older people who are more at risk. Remember, most people who get coronavirus will get better without ever needing to see a doctor or GP.
You can find out more about what to do if you get ill on the Government website.
COPING WITH SCHOOLS CLOSING
Schools in the UK have closed and exams have been cancelled. For some of you this might feel like a relief, but for others you might be worried about what will happen to your grades. You might also be upset about not getting to say goodbye.
However you’re feeling, Childline has advice to make things easier and guidance on how to stay in touch with your friends during lockdown.
Feeling unsafe at home? There might be times when staying at home makes you feel unsafe. Whatever’s happening, Childline are here to support you.
To access support, or read more about the coronavirus, please visit the Childline website.
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
HOME ACTIVITY PACKS FROM THINK U KNOW
This page on Think U Know’s website has been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.
To access these activity packs, for both primary and secondary school children, please follow the link below.
HOME ACTIVITY PACKS