Since the start of 2020, a new virus has been spreading around the world and on our territory: the coronavirus (Covid-19). Because of this, on March 17, France entered containment. If we adults can be concerned about the situation, what about the children who are now out of school? How do we explain to younger people what a virus is, how it spreads and why we need to stay home? Through this article, I will give you some tips that may be useful to you, in order to explain the news to your children in a clear, simple, fast and fun way.
Explain what a virus is
First of all, it is important that you explain to the child what a virus is. For that, you can tell him that it is, quite simply, an illness, taking as an example a day when he himself was ill and that he was treated, insisting on the fact that today , this disease is not well known and it is still complex to find the right remedy… Hence the importance of what follows! Then, describe to the child all the symptoms that can be felt if you have coronavirus: cough, headache, body aches, fever, etc.
Explaining the virus through experimentation: the hand test
In order to explain the spread of the coronavirus (covid-9) to your children, in a simple and fun way, you can put some sprinkles, preferably, or failing that, flour in a bowl. Ask the child to put their hands in them and then go and touch, for example, a doorknob. Once done, go and touch this handle in your turn, then show your hand to the child, who will notice that you also have sprinkles (or flour) without having touched the bowl. Thanks to this first demonstration, the child will understand that the virus can spread everywhere, to everyone and very quickly.
Then suggest to the child to go and wash their hands for a long time and properly, so that the glitter disappears. Thanks to this second step, the child will understand how hygiene measures are essential to slow the spread of the virus and not to get sick.
Explaining the virus through experimentation: the social distancing test (to be done only after 14 days of total confinement with your children)
In order to explain to children why it is imperative to be at least one meter away from each other, you can ask your child to take a little flour in his hand, to come close to you and to blow on his hand. Thanks to this first example, the child will understand that by being too close to a person, we can send germs on their face and infect them.
Then ask the child to step back a good distance (1 meter minimum) and to repeat the experiment. Thanks to this second step, the child will understand that by being at a good distance, contamination is less, if not impossible.
Talk about medical staff, but not only!
It is not always easy to put words on the news so that our children understand it without being afraid of it. You can start by talking about trades to your children for this.
You can print a picture of a hospital, fire station, and doctor’s office to start with, then print a picture of a doctor, nurse, and firefighter. Ask the child what occupations they have and invite them to place them on the pictures that correspond to their places of work. Then, you can talk to your child by asking what a doctor, nurse and firefighter can do during their work, and explain to what extent these people can be completely overwhelmed (exhausted, lacking in resources, etc.) if citizens do not respect the rules seen above.
It is also important to mention the law enforcement police officers, talking to your child about the exit certificate, but also all the people who work in supermarkets, post offices, etc., in order to provide for our needs and to keep France alive.
Ask them for a conclusion to these experiments
After doing these experiences, you can ask the child what he thinks about all of this and what conclusions he draws: the importance of staying at home as much as possible and of staying away from others, without physical contact. , so that every citizen can minimize the chances of the virus spreading and people falling ill.
The importance of dialogue
To end this article, I would like to underline the importance of dialogue, of exchanges with our loved ones and in particular with children. They can understand everything if we explain things to them in a clear, precise and fun way. Do not hesitate to always answer their questions, even if they may seem simple to you, because it is not necessarily so for them. By understanding the importance of the current situation, our children will be less afraid of this period, will have less and less questions about the news, because they will have understood it, and, above all, they will have the right reflexes to adopt.