The World Health Organization says children may respond to stress in different ways such as being more clingy, anxious, withdrawn, angry, or agitated.
This week Strathmore’s Mayor Pat Fule took time to address the children in the community and speak to them about how they can cope with changes and questions about COVID19.
“I’d like to speak directly to the children in our community. It’s OK to be scared, and it’s OK to have questions. Talk to a trusted adult about how you are feeling and ask any questions you may have. It’s unfortunate that you can’t go to school and play with your friends, but just know that it’s for your own safety,” he said.
Fule told kids that right now they can spend some time with their families, parents, and siblings.
“You can colour, create crafts on your own and spend time with your pets. The adults in your life are here to support you and help you through this time,” said Fule.
Addressing parents and guardians, the mayor said that while there are some rumours that can be found n social media, there are a number of trusted sources individuals can rely on for information.
“You can rely on, for accurate and timely information, strathmore.ca, albertahealthservices.ca, and canada.ca. Let’s remain Strathmore Strong,” said Fule.
A few helpful tips are:
Listen to your children, speak kindly and reassure them. Keep regular routines and schedules as much as possible, or help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing. Provide facts about what has happened, explain what is going on now and give them clear information about how to reduce their risk of being infected by the disease in words that they can understand depending on their age.