For children, even more so when they are young, it is difficult to understand why they must change the way they interact with their friends during these holidays. But it is important to help them understand why social distancing is important to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, we adults can help them cope with the situation and feel motivated to collaborate.
How to explain social distancing to children
Avoid risky situations
If the child is very young, he will not be able to understand the distance, so there is no need to explain, but avoid situations that may be a risk. Parents, on vacation, should opt for healthier entertainment and playgrounds.
Explain what germs are
To a child who can understand it, explain what germs are and how we can prevent their spread. It is necessary to tell them that these can make people sick and that is why it is necessary to keep their distance, wear a mask and wash their hands.
Use images or stories
So that the little ones can understand what to do, it is useful to show images. It is also advisable to look for a story to tell, because based on age-appropriate analogies it is how the little ones can understand.
Keep a positive attitude
Experts point out that it is very important to focus on the positives, such as find creative and fun ways to spend time with friends.
It is necessary to explain to children that social distancing it is not forever and they should connect in a different way right now. It is good to do it as a challenge and give the child a responsibility to comply.
Use your natural sense of altruism
The Children’s Health Organization suggests use children’s natural sense of altruism to maintain social distance. If the child knows that by keeping his distance he takes care of the health of others, he will be more motivated to do so.
It also can pose as a way to protect family elders, like their grandparents. In this way, thinking that your actions are protecting a known person will help you better understand the risk.
Answer the questions according to age
When you discuss these topics with children, questions arise that you must answer. Psychologists warn that avoiding the questions generates more anxiety in the little ones. But you must answer them with information that makes sense, according to their age.
Listen to it and offer solutions
Listen to children’s complaints when they can’t see their friends, empathize with them and provide alternative solutions. If they can’t see a friend this summer, they may be able to video conference or schedule a meeting to play virtually.
It is really important that we help children understand the social distancing caused by COVID-19, because in this way, we will all spend a safer and more relaxed vacation. Leave your comment, share and help spread this information.