How to talk to children about coronavirus

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Providence resident, Victoria Lugo, on top of stocking up on supplies, has been having a serious conversation with her 13-year-old son when it comes to the corona-virus pandemic.

“I want to give him as much real information, I don’t want him to think that it’s just mom overreacting,” said Lugo.

Lugo is not alone in this process.

She is among a large group of parents now struggling with how to handle the discussion.

An inpatient psychiatrist, Tanuja Gandhi, acknowledges how scary the situation is, but urges parents to start by inviting their child to talk about it, find out what they already know, and follow their lead.

“Break down the information in bite zie ways so they can understand and actually process,”, said Gandhi.

Any parents who don’t know the answer to a question are urged to find the right answer.

“There’s a lot of information out there but there’s also a lot of misinformation. Get the right information from the CDC website and the WHO website and be well informed,” said Gandhi.

Dr. Gandhi said parents should monitor the screen time of their children, as it may be hard for them to distinguish between images they see on TV and their own reality.

Victoria Lugo says she has already taken steps to monitor what her son sees.

“We watch the news together go to the CDC and WHO websites,” she said.

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