Helping Kids Cope With COVID-19

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

AACAP has sections on talking to kids about the coronavirus, talking to kids about sick adults and lost loved ones, and activities for kids.

Centers for Disease Control

The CDC offers tips for talking with children about COVID-19 and has links to related articles on the CDC website.


Toddlers to Teens: How to Help Kids Cope with Stress from COVID-19. HealthLine has tips on helping children cope based on age.


KidsHealth has tips on talking with your child about the corona virus and has a short video on “Keeping Kids Busy.”

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic has advice on how to support your children’s developmental needs and understanding of the coronavirus.

National Association of School Psychologists

NASP offers tips under these headings: Stay Calm, Listen, and Offer Reassurance; Monitor Television Viewing and Social Media; Take Time To Talk; Be Honest and Accurate; Keep Explanations Age-Appropriate; Stay Connected To School; Know The Symptoms Of Covid-19; Model Basic Hygiene and Healthy Lifestyle Practices; and Be Aware Of Your Children’s Mental Health. Additional Resources has links to other sites.

Parent-Teacher Association

The PTA has links and articles covering resources, social and emotional support, learning at home, and health and safety.

Stanford Children’s Health

Communicating openly about what is going on is key to dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The article is updated as the situation evolves.