Wellbeing during COVID-19
This page contains a selection of resources to support children’s wellbeing while being confined to home for an extended period due to COVID.
How you can support your child
It’s normal for children to have questions about news and events covered in the media, such as COVID.
Children look to the significant adults in their lives for guidance on how to manage their reactions and you can help your child by remaining calm and reassuring them. There is a common misunderstanding that talking with your child about a topic such as COVID may increase their anxiety. This is not the case.
It’s important to listen to your child and answer their questions as honestly as possible and correct any misunderstandings. This will help them feel informed and understand what is happening. Keeping up to date with the facts from reliable sources will help keep conversations calm, considered, and constructive.
Provide information in words that are appropriate to the age of your child. Children can be distressed by hearing repeated stories so monitor how much your child is being exposed to television and social media and encourage them to talk to you about what they are seeing and hearing.
In addition to talking with your children, the following can help to maintain wellbeing when children are confined to home for an extended period:
- regular exercise
- engage in healthy eating practices. Use the Healthy Kids: Eat well, Get Active resource to support healthy eating and to increase exercise at home.
Some practical advice for your child includes reminding them to cover their nose and mouth when they cough or sneeze (coughing into their elbow is a useful strategy), keep their hands clean by washing them regularly with soap and water, and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth before washing their hands.
These are easy habits for children to adopt, and should help them feel as though they’re able to exert some control over their circumstances. When your child is at home, it’s important for your child to maintain a healthy lifestyle including proper diet, sleep, and social contact at home and by phone with family and friends.
Explaining COVID-19 to children
The following resources can help you explain COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.
Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety
Parents and carers should continue to review the NSW Government COVID-19 website for the latest information and advice.
If you or a family are extremely worried and need support, please don't hesitate to contact your GP or seek additional support from a professional.
Support is also available through a number of agencies and community organisations. Parents and carers can also call:
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636
- Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
- Headspace on 1800 650 890
- Parent Line NSW on 1300 1300 52
- National Coronavirus Health Information line on 1800 020 080