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How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

We know it can be a scary time for families as normal routines are disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a great time to talk to children about what is happening, and empower them to be helpers to keep each other healthy.

In the words of Mister Rogers: "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”

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How an Epidemiologist Helps

Meet an epidemiologist and see how these disease detectives are working to help the spread of the Coronavirus.

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What is Coronavirus?

A doctor helper explains the coronavirus and how children can be good helpers.

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How to Talk to Children

Here are some tips for how parents can talk to their children about coronavirus.

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Be a Helper

We can all be helpers. Here are a few tips!

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Explaining Social Distancing

Social distancing is necessary to stay healthy from coronavirus, but can be difficult for children to understand.

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Coronavirus Dos & Don'ts for Parents

A few do's &don'ts for families during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Wash Your Hands

Be a good helper and remember to wash your hands often!!

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Why are People Wearing Masks?

Masks should be saved for people who are sick, and for helpers, like doctors and nurses, who are working to make people feel better.

Top Three Tips for Families:

  1. Talk about feelings & facts
    Be open and honest with children by sharing age-appropriate facts. Yes, people are getting sick, but it's like a cold or a flu. We have doctors to help make you feel better if anyone gets sick.
  2. Make children feel safe
    Children worry and pick up on emotions from those around them. Make sure they know they are in a safe space and lots of helpers are working to keep everyone safe.
  3. Be germ busters
    The best way to help is to develop and reinforce good hygiene routines. Make sure your family is doing these four things:
Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands

Wash Your Hands
  • Hands should be washed before and after every meal and snack.
  • Hands should also be washed after coughing or sneezing and after going to the bathroom.
  • Hands should be washed with soap & water for at least 20 seconds or to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Catch that Cough

  • Try not to have children cough or sneeze into their hands.
  • Make sure children cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw that into the trash.

Rest is Best

  • Daniel Tiger reminds us when you're sick, rest is best.
  • Remind them that it's important we protect ourselves from germs to keep us and our friends healthy, so staying home may be best for now.

Make Others Feel Better

  • This is a great time to get crafty and make get well cards for friends or family.
  • Explore technology like video chats to help children say hello to their friends & family.
Additional Resources
Happy, Healthy Kids

Happy, Healthy Kids is a digital series that teaches kids how to stay healthy. Videos teach children about healthy snacks, different ways to do physical activity as well as how to approach feelings and other ways to stay healthy.

Videos are designed with children in mind. View them now.

Mister Chris and Friends

Oct 25 | Doors and Activities at 10:30 a.m.

Higher Ground | South Burlington, VT


For this special performance, Chris will be joined by the biggest band, ever, ever! The largest ensemble of friends to ever share the stage together includes Caleb Bronz (Drums), Tyler Bolles (Upright Bass), Emma Cook (Guitar, Vocals), Ethan Tischler (Guitar, Banjo, Vocals), Tyler Mast (Keys), Danica Cunningham (Violin), Ben Lively (Violin, Viola) plus special guests! Come early for the Vermont PBS Learning Lounge.

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Latest Kids' shows

Mister Chris and Friends - Season 2

Mister Chris and Friends, the joyful Emmy nominated kids music series from Vermont PBS, encourages learning, exploration, and fun for the entire family!

Xavier Riddle and
the Secret Museum

Introduces kids ages 4-7 to inspiring historical figures – from Rosa Parks to Leonardo da Vinci – who will help them learn important social-emotional concepts.

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Come and play with Clifford the Big Red Dog! Your favorite big red dog is back with all new stories, songs, and adventures.

Pinkalicious

It's Pinkalicious' birthday and she can't wait for her friends to come to her pinka-perfect birthday party! Watch on Vermont PBS Mar. 31 @ 11:30 am

Resources for Families

With so many resources available, your friends here at Vermont PBS offer the following suggestions.

Did you know that every Friday night on Kids Channel, Vermont PBS highlights family favorite programs, during our weekly Friday Night Family Night from 6:00-9:30 p.m.

April 3: Pinkalicious and Peterrific Mini-Marathon

April 10: Pinkalicious and Peterrific - A Pinkaperfect Birthday

April 17: STEM Celebration: Wild Kratts, Cyber Chase and Ready Jet Go!

April 24 : NEW Wild Kratts Amazin’ Amazon Adventure

Vermont PBS has a NEW Professional Development online workshop series for Early Educators and families of young children. Each 8 hour module focuses on creative, safe and healthy ways to use technology with preschool aged children.

Learn more!

photo of Mister Chris

Play, learn and grow! We hope you will enjoy using these suggested activities and support materials from Vermont PBS and its Emmy-nominated music series for kids, Mister Chris and Friends, to bring multimedia learning opportunities to life in your classroom.

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The PBS KIDS Video app gives kids and parents access to thousands of free videos, including full episodes and clips from top PBS KIDS series. Also stream the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel on the app for free (or watch in your web browser)

Play free learning games with the PBS KIDS Games app anytime, anywhere. They encourage your child to engage in skills related to science, math, creativity and more in gameplay alongside their favorite characters! (or play in your web browser)

Designed specifically for parents, PBS Parents Play & Learn app provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location.

Our Vermont PBS app offers a Kids tab that provides all favorite PBS Kids series, along with local episodes of Mister Chris and Friends. Parents can also enjoy all national, acquired, and local productions available from Vermont PBS! A simple control prevents kids from accessing the non-kids content.


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