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Talking About Coronavirus 

Talking to Children about Coronavirus

🇺🇸🔗https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.

🇺🇸🔗https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus
How to Talk to Your Kids About the COVID-19 Outbreak

🇺🇸🔗https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/parenting/coronavirus-kids-talk.html
How to talk to your kid about the outbreak and keeping your anxiety in check

🇬🇧🔗https://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/parenting/how-explain-coronavirus-kids-talk-children-about-covid-19/
How to talk to children about Coronavirus
As Coronavirus continues to spread, UK schools might close. Here's how to explain the virus to your child, without giving them nightmares.

🔗http://opsafeintl.com/project-fear-not/
Project fear not- Anti-COVID19 Information for Children

🔗https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus- Guide to help parents talk to their children properly about the virus

Kids Friendly Info on Coronavirus

👍🌏🔗https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Coloring book on the Coronavirus for kids. By Manuela Molina. In many languages.

🇬🇧🔗https://ican.org.uk/a-message-to-our-supporters-on-coronavirus/how-to-talk-to-children-about-coronavirus/
ICAN communication charity with great resources to help speak to children about Coronavirus.

🇺🇸🔗https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584661920343
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

🇺🇸📺🔗https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/see-germs-spread-mark-rober
How To See Germs Spread (Coronavirus) with Mark Rober

🇺🇸📺🔗https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/how-soap-and-water-kills-coronavirus
“Plain old soap and water absolutely annihilate coronavirus.” – Vox

🇺🇸📺🔗https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/coronavirus-covid-19-social-distancing-soap-pandemic
Coronavirus COVID-19: What is social distancing?

🔗https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-guide.html
Live Science “ultimate kids’ guide to the new Coronavirus”- Kids like you are likely wondering, "Will school be closed?" and, "Should I be worried about getting sick?" To help guide you through a confusing situation, here are answers from science to all the questions you may have. 

🇺🇸📺🔗https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKrFxahFC4
Proper hand washing

🌏🔗https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/the-right-way-to-wash-your-hands
What is the right way to wash your hands?

🌏🔗https://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/hidden-surprise-diy-soap-how-to-wash-your-hands
How to make your own soap against Coronavirus.

🌏🔗https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/
All you need to know. Quizzes, animations and more.

🔗understandingcoronavirus.org
Understanding Coronavirus visually, for young people- Open source comic for learning about COVID-19 (written and drawn for teenagers and adults). Graphic medicine booklets + posters available on github: https://github.com/goinvo/COVID19

🔗https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L89nN03pBzI
"Wash Your Hands", from the makers of "Baby Shark"

🔗https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus
Young Scot’s dedicated microsite for COVID-19 information- It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and scared by everything you’re hearing about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) right now. Find out more about what's happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community.

🔗https://www.meiccymru.org/
Meic is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales

🔗https://www.themix.org.uk/ 
for under 25s in uk

🔗https://spunout.ie/ 
SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people.- Ireland

🔗www.voicemag.uk 
Cultural magazine for young people in the UK

Preparing for the Outbreak

See also: Public A CDC dvice coronavirustechhandbook.com/advice


🇺🇸🔗https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools-faq.html
CDC advice for parents

🔗https://twitter.com/YoungScot/status/1240942821219188736?s=19
Liive Q&A with Scotland’s First Minister @ScotGovFM and National Clinical Director @jasonleitch

Childcare

🇪🇺🔗https://www.siteinander.com 
SitEinander is a hyper-local social network in Europe specifically designed for nearby parents to help each other. 

🇮🇪🔗https://join.slack.com/share/IVDKJ6WH0/pxcCVsGpmmIcNmF8iguWH8dR/enQtOTk5NjY0MjM0NTc4LWVlMjVmM2E4NWEyYjVmNDU2NzQyMzY0MTgwYmYyYzMwY2JiNjk4ZmEwYWYzZjFmNzY5YTYzY2I5YzVhMzlkNDQ
Helpful Engineering channel #project-kids-in-crisis- An idea to create a set of reusable legal forms/templates for families to use for full-time hosting/fostering a child of a healthcare worker or hospitalized patient.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-childcare-offers-to-continue-during-coronavirus-closures
The UK Government will continue to pay funding to local authorities for the free entitlements for two, three and four-year-olds

🇬🇧🔗www.korukids.co.uk
KoruKids is looking at emergency child care options in light of recent school closures in the UK 

🇬🇧🔗https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUL1b4tDUf8ICDEmRBDTHu7AikLs1sSyB54wny0F8SUWu_gw/viewform
Childcare for doctors co-op

🇺🇸🔗https://www.wiggleroomnow.com/
Wiggle Room is a new app designed to help people manage a network of informal childcare. 

🇺🇸🔗https://twitter.com/yourbabydoctor/status/1237966097485193220
Informal Seattle based.Babysitting exchange during school closure if parents are unable to self isolate. 

🔗https://childcarecoop.org/
Easily schedule childcare with other people, if you're in the situation where the schools have closed, but you still have to go to work.

🔗https://www.familysupportni.gov.uk/ -
government backed service directory of all registered childcare providers along with all services that provide support for children and families in NI.

Mutual Childcare

🔗https://www.wiggleroomnow.com/
Wiggle Room is a new app designed to help people manage a network of informal childcare. 

🔗https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUL1b4tDUf8ICDEmRBDTHu7AikLs1sSyB54wny0F8SUWu_gw/viewform
Childcare for doctors coop

🇬🇧🔗www.korukids.co.uk
KoruKids is looking at nanny share options for families.

Routines and Schedules

🌏🔗https://kfahttps://coronavirustechhandbook.com/homen.iheart.com/featured/mansour-s-musings/content/2020-03-15-try-this-covid-19-daily-schedule-to-keep-your-kids-from-going-stir-crazy/
Try this COVID-19 daily schedule to keep your kids from going stir crazy.

🌏🔗https://twitter.com/LitterboxComics/status/1239003086569582592
COVID-19 daily schedule

🌏🔗https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13AB1SSmKR-mO3yyxKh5w2EJrzq6vfbjY4QlB-GDTzUA/edit?usp=sharing 
Two people working full-time with a 3-year-old at home (will update with learnings as we go). Put in a 15-min cocktail break for the pleasure of it

Fun and Activities

Advice

🇺🇸🔗https://www.cpr.org/2020/03/17/what-to-do-with-kids-at-home-on-coronavirus-break-mental-health-for-parents-too/
What To Do With Kids At Home On Coronavirus Break For Who Knows How Long (Without Losing It)

🇺🇸🔗https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fchildren-faq.html
CDC Childhood advice

🔗https://bit.ly/CSDPQuar
Digital Parenting Advice for Quarantined Families: Five helpful tips for staying sane while sharing space, time and wifi. Plus register for FREE Digital Sanity Summit & Get one-on-one help. #FullHouse #DigitalParenting #HealthyTechHabits #HumaneTech

🌏🔗https://www.linkedin.com/posts/matt-smeed-b6033922_wellbeing-and-resilience-tookit-for-kids-activity-6647797497831927809--mZ-
Cute wellbeing and resilience guide for kids created by a psychologist

🔗https://www.unicef.org/stories/novel-coronavirus-outbreak-what-parents-sho inuld-know
What UNICEF says parents should know about Coronavirus.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/keeping-kids-connected-entertained-during-covid-19-school-monday/?trackingId=JMnqph8UtklVPpxQ3TMRdw%3D%3D
Keeping the Kids Connected and Entertained During the COVID-19 School Shut Down

Sample Activities

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️Song + Art Project- In the morning, learn to sing a folk song. If it contains words/objects/concepts/instruments the children don’t know, learn about them together.
In the afternoon, make an art project based on the song. Draw, build a model of an item from the song, make the song in Lego.

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️Activity Cache- Geocaching for activities. Think of an open-air activity that can be done with no materials, or with materials you bring with you. Choose a location in your area and walk there. Save the GPS coordinates and do the activity. Take pictures! Bring home the coordinates and pictures and then post them on a local parent’s Internet group. Other families can go to the same place.
Do not leave items at the site; repeated handling of them can spread virus particles.
In order to respect social distancing, the parents can organise between themselves (“we’ll go this afternoon, you go tomorrow”) or just plan that if someone else is there, that they will continue walking past and come back in a half hour.

🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️Ideas: Make a maze with forest materials. Set up a target, visitors throw pinecones at it. Find a tri-corner of three counties, and learn about map coloring there.
 

Resources and Lists of Activities

🌏🔗https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KCFnWreu4v7VoO3NbgP-Qcq2LyE1FvliYSoiTLRY7Qg/edit?usp=sharing
150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely. This google sheet provides a list of activities that children can do while they stay at home. You can also add activities to the list.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.eyfshome.com/
A free daily programme of activities for 3-5 year olds (and older siblings) created by the GEC Collective or award-winning educators with celebrity 'takeovers' #BetterTogether

🇬🇧🔗https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/resources/
Hundreds of ideas for outdoor play and taking lessons outdoors. Make sure if children are being home-schooled you include 15 mins recess for every 45 mins instruction. Use this time to get #natureconnected (Resources in 15 languages)

🇬🇧🔗https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Paw Print Badges- Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

🌏🔗https://www.tinkercad.com/
All kinds of making. “...a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It’s for teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers...”

🇬🇧📻🔗https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities

🇬🇧🔗https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
Nature Detectives, A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

🇬🇧🔗https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Big History Project, Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

🇬🇧🔗https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography Games

🇬🇧🔗https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
The Artful Parent, Good, free art activities

🇬🇧🔗https://www.redtedart.com
Red Ted Art, Easy arts and crafts for little ones

🇬🇧🔗https://theimaginationtree.com
The Imagination Tree, Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

🇬🇧🔗https://toytheater.com/
Toy Theater, Educational online games

🇬🇧🔗https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac
DK Find Out, Activities and quizzes

🇬🇧🔗https://www.twinkl.co.uk
Twinkl, Printable worksheets. Some free downloads, unlimited use requires subscription. Free month subscription using this code: UK TWINKL HELPS or PARENTSTWINKLHELPS

🇬🇧🔗https://twitter.com/nationaltrust/status/1239959453824409602?s=20 
National Trust opening all their gardens for free 

🇬🇧🔗https://www.rspb.org.uk/our-work/rspb-news/news/stories/coronavirus/
The RSPB is keeping the majority of its nature reserves open and is waiving car parking charges until further notice (visitor centres and cafes are closed, however). 

🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YfcmgRDbP-Kfrh0-jTyFP2fNWsbNXdJAemblLiCRHdA/edit 
List of Virtual Tours of museums and zoos and other cultural places.

🔗 https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-kids-activities.html
Kids science activities

🔗 https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Storytime activities

🔗 https://fiveminutemum.com/
Five minute fun activities for busy people to do with little kids. Five minute set up, five minute clear up is the theme.

🔗https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/z_tour-079.html
Smithsonian Animal Tour

🔗https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/z_tour-029.html
Smithsonian Dinosaur Tour

🔗https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
Louvre Art Musuem, Paris

🔗https://g.co/arts/YNKYhdMiRcEu8axc6
Uffizi Galleries, Italy

🔗https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours
National Gallery, London

🔗https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/whattosee/virtual-tour/
Brighton Royal Pavilion

🔗https://www.royal.uk/virtual-tours-buckingham-palace
Buckingham Palace, London

Education and Learning

Comprehensive Resources

👍🇺🇸🔗https://thecrashcourse.com
👍🇺🇸📺🔗https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
Crash course- enternating educational and comprehensive collection of video series. Covers history, maths, programming, physics and literature to name a few. By John and Hank Green.

👍🇺🇸🔗https://www.khanacademy.org
Khan Academy- Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

🇬🇧🔗http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch
From language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required.

🇬🇧🔗https://homelearninguk.weebly.com/#
HomeLearningUK' is being led by educators who have come together to offer time and expertise to support colleagues, parents and students in the UK and beyond. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential school closure this website is designed to share ideas, solutions, plans and support.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

🌏📺🔗https://ed.ted.com
TED Ed videos

🇬🇧🔗http://www.education.com
Education.com, Printable worksheets and online learning games, k-5, including touch typing. Some free downloads, unlimited use requires subscription.

🇺🇸🔗https://thekidshouldseethis.com/
Kids should know this. Wide range of cool educational videos

🇺🇸🔗https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/
Blog post collecting the free subscriptions being offered to help parents and teachers educate their students during this crisis

🔗https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
Americam at home education support from pre-school to grade 9

🔗https://pages.sumdog.com/
Personalised maths & spelling practice, free to sign up as a parent and children have access to a subset of the games, small monthly cost to upgrade to a family membership. Adapts to the stage of the child so they stay engaged. Currently free for schools

🔗https://allinonehomeschool.com/
Everything from preschool activities to 12th grade is here

🔗https://allinonehomeschool.com/thinking/
List of thinking games by grade

Learn How to Learn- Meta Skills

🌏📺🔗https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/studyskills
Crash course on studyskills- entertaining educational content

Literacy and English

🇬🇧🔗https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Oxford Owl for Home, Lots of free resources for Primary age reading

🇺🇸📺🔗https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/literature
Crash course literature

Maths

🇺🇸🔗https://www.prodigygame.com
The engaging curriculum-aligned (US) math platform loved by over 50m students and teachers. Free.

🌏🔗https://learning.sparx.co.uk/virtualclassroom
Sparx is offering Sparx Maths Virtual Classroom free of charge to any school (for ages 11 - 16) during school closure. Here, students can complete lessons online and teachers can monitor responses and insights in real-time.

Science

🌏📺https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/biology
Crash course biology- entertaining educational content

🌏📺https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/chemistry
Crash course chemistry- entertaining educational content

🌏📺https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/physics
Crash course physics- entertaining educational content

🌏🔗https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

🌏🔗https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

Computer Science

🌏📺🔗https://thecrashcourse.com/courses/computerscience
Crash course Computer Science- entertaining educational content

🇬🇧🔗https://www.curiositymachine.org/
Technovation Families, STEM education, with emphasis on AI and problem-solving. Children work with their parents to learn the basics of AI and other tech/STEM subjects and use what they learn to solve a problem.

🇬🇧🔗https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free

🇺🇸🔗https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Scratch- Creative computer programming

🔗https://youtu.be/J3VA_EVJlNI
Paisley YMCA run 4 CoderDojo code clubs from our Makerspace and Renfrewshire libraries. We are now running the CoderDojo code clubs online. 

Languages

🌏🔗https://www.duolingo.com
Duolingo- Learn languages for free. Web or app.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
British Council, Resources for English language learning

🔗https://www.busuu.com/en/keep-kids-learning
Free language learning with pro teachers from Busuu

Education and Learning for Parents

Online Courses

🇬🇧🔗https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free faster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

🇬🇧🔗https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses. From age 14+.

🇬🇧🔗http://www.coursera.org
Learn the latest skills like business analytics, graphic design, Python, and more
Note: We’re joining with our partners to provide free access to Coursera for Campus for any college or university impacted by COVID-19. See link here

🌏🔗https://www.edx.org/
Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Institutions. Many courses are free

🔗https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ozk1VfHPYlUC6h0XdDtHpsK-PYq4Y6FTnMPh_LliWwM/htmlview#gid=1522883623
Free online trainings and webinars

Digital Skills

🇬🇧🔗https://www.learnmyway.com/
Learn My Way- Free online courses to help adults learn to use the internet. Includes useful resources to interact with your GP online. Bought by LinkedIn, thus, requires a LinkedIn login.

🌏🔗https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Mental Health

See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/mental-health


For children


🔗https://www.youtube.com/user/Fischymusic
Fischy Music. Free music video website for children’s emotional and mental wellbeing. Online assemblies on YouTube every Monday morning at 11am (primary aged children and families).

🔗https://www.dropbox.com/s/389s08v6kflosyf/COVID19_advice-for-parents-and-carers_20.3_.pdf?dl=0&mc_cid=cdc03b607d&mc_eid:=3f078d562d
Advice from the University of Reading and University of Oxford for young people to manage their mental health during the pandemic

For Parents

🔗https://parentzone.org.uk/parent-zone-crisis-messenger
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text PARENTZONE to 85258.

🔗https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/
Clinical and supportive resources - Resources for parents struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries

🔗https://www.facebook.com/ChildMindInstitute/live/
Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians - Live Chats that parents have access to with clinicians that discuss children and parents health

🔗https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/divorce-busting/202003/co-parenting-and-the-coronavirus
Co-parenting and Coronavirus- Article discusses how separated parents can bridge their differences during the pandemic

🔗https://potentialin.me/families-online/
Potential in Me are running an online support group for parents & carers of kids in adolescence (8-25). We’re running personal development workshops, community connection calls and a limited amount of one-to-one coaching support.

🔗https://deviecoach.com/
free mobile app that delivers research-based daily support for parents at home with young children in the form of automated 2-5 min chats. All content based on RCT-validated. 

General support for parents

🔗https://www.dadsrock.org.uk/ 
Dads Rock! Supporting fathers across Scotland.

🔗https://www.parentingacrossscotland.org/info-for-families/coronavirus/
Parenting across Scotland- Provides guides for the family.

🔗https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1FU1VhPd7zmmQJF2kwIMUeWFzqLuBbEpc
Barnardo's pilot of WhatsApp as a service delivery tool. Guidance, policy, lessons learned, etc.
Dads Rock will be running online workshops, such as Antenatal for Dads to be, Antenatal for Mums to be, Feeding, sleeping and hairstyle workshops.

🔗https://www.parentingni.org/
Parenting NI established in 1979, as the Parents Advice Centre, provides free support for parents across Northern Ireland.

🔗https://parentinfo.org/
Help and advice for families in a digital world
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.

Social Networks and Communication

Chatting/Communicating with other Mothers

🇬🇧🔗https://letsmush.com/ 
GovStart 2019 startup Mush is the local social network for mums. Now is a particularly difficult time for mums with young kids and now, using the app, they can swap advice and tips on how to deal with the virus.


🔗https://m.facebook.com/groups/204187680864008/
Facebook group supporting those who are going to give birth in the time of Coronavirus.

Campaigns

🇦🇪🔗#InThisTogetherDubai, A social media campaign that links all education community members together to share their ideas and practices and support each other

Safeguarding

🔗https://medium.com/@catherineknibbs/what-are-the-issues-to-consider-working-online-with-children-young-people-during-covid-19-66cd53254d58
#SAFEGUARDING
What are the issues to consider working online with children/young people during Coronavirus outbreak

🔗https://www.internetmatters.org/
Helping parents keep their children safe online

🔗https://274483.temp-dns.com/upload/Connect_Resound_Safeguarding_for_synchonous_online_music_tuition_final.pdf
Safeguarding: synchronous online music tuition

🔗https://swgfl.org.uk/products/online-compass/
Online Compass produced by SWGfL (who also run online safety mark for schools) Online Compass is an online-safety self-review tool designed for organisations working with children and young people. It helps assess your current practice and provides guidance for ongoing development re online policies/procedures etc. Nb the resources are in the process of being updated so some links don’t work. 

💡Project Ideas (add your own!)

💡🔗https://twitter.com/yourbabydoctor/status/1237966097485193220
Babysitting exchange during school closure if parents are unable to self isolate. Can school districts provide childcare (teachers, assistants) for healthcare workers and emergency personnel?

💡What about something that connects self-isolated people who can give short (say 20 min) lessons to children who are being home educated?  They don’t have to be educators, could be an instrument, a story from history etc etc? Tim Cook ([email protected])