Leading adolescent and child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg has provided great advice to parents on how to help their child’s anxiety about the spread of the coronavirus, in a special video report produced by SchoolTV, kindly made available to the The Parents’ Website community.

‘As the situation grows seemingly worse, the hysteria surrounding this outbreak is causing great anxiety and angst to people everywhere, especially parents. Although children are considered to be in a lower risk category, this does not protect them from being exposed to news reports on television, radio or social media,’ says the report. ‘As a parent it is important to reassure your child, dispel any myths or untruths, and help them feel informed, allowing them to focus more on positive messages.

‘Parents need to involve children in planning and preparedness at home, assigning jobs and roles and teaching them ways to look after themselves. Having this sense of purpose and control can help alleviate their fears. However, despite your best efforts, some children may still present with anxiety issues. Knowing what to look for will help parents provide them with the support they need.’

You can view the special report video by clicking here, or on the image below.

We thank SchoolTV for making this valuable resource available.

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Posted by Independent Schools Victoria