A Resource Guide for Talking to Children About COVID-19

October 7th, 2020 | RESEARCH

With the world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, children are often having or expressing worries and fears. Their caregivers -- parents and those who are providing direct care for children -- are seeking trusted sources of information to help them explain this disease and help ease children’s worries. This resource guide reflects some of the work of our current NSF-funded research study (NSF#2029209) about the communication needs of children and families during the pandemic, seeking to understand how they are supported in having conversations about the coronavirus and pandemic-related topics. At the beginning of this study, we conducted a literature review to inform our research. We realized that many of the documents, articles, and online resources we reviewed could be beneficial for other researchers, child-focused practitioners, media producers, and caregivers -- giving insights on not just what to say to children during this challenging time, but how to say it. 

This resource guide summarizes four key takeaways from across a wide range of resources about how to have conversations about COVID-19. The resource guide also links to many of the resources we reviewed, which range from particular science or health topics to culturally appropriate ways to engage in conversations about the disease.




Team Members

Amy Grack Nelson, Principal Investigator, Science Museum of Minnesota
Evelyn Ronning, Author, Science Museum of Minnesota
Choua Her, Author, Science Museum of Minnesota
Marjorie Bequette, Author, Science Museum of Minnesota
Juan Dominguez, Author, Science Museum of Minnesota
Scott Van Cleave, Author, Science Museum of Minnesota


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: RAPID
Award Number: 2029209
Funding Amount: $200,000

Related URLs

RAPID: Addressing Families' Covid-19 Information and Education Needs Through Podcast Media


Audience: Elementary School Children (6-10) | Families | Middle School Children (11-13) | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Health and medicine
Resource Type: Literature Review | Research Products
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within InformalScience.org are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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