Information for Parents and Care Givers

A school closure will provide an experience that is unknown to many members of the community. For parents, the impact of an online learning will also be significant. We understand that this will provide a range of challenges, some of which may not be revealed until well into a school closure.

The information in the table below is there to provide guidance on how to support your child’s learning at home. Underneath that is some useful information about how to support your child’s emotional well-being during these challenging times.


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

As we face the changing landscape of COVID-19 in Australia, it is important to support and manage the well-being of our students and community. The well-being of both children and parents has an interdependent relationship; it is important to encourage open dialogue and discussion for the well-being of everyone.

People can experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions in these sorts of situations.You, or someone you know, may experience periods of:

  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed
  • Anxiety, worry or fear
  • Sadness, teary, and/or loss of interest in usual enjoyable activities
  • Physical symptoms, such as increased heart rate, stomach upset, low energy
  • Frustration, irritability, or fear
  • Feeling helpless
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others, and/or fear of going to public spaces

(courtesy University of Melbourne)

HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT COVID-19

While a difficult topic, it is necessary to discuss it. The following guidelines can help frame discussions:

  • Use age appropriate ideas
  • For younger children, keep information simple and clear
  • Take cues from your children
  • Encourage questions to help understanding
  • Be reassuring, but not dismissive
  • Be solutions focused (what is happening to help keep them safe)
  • Keep talking; check in regularly
  • Process your own worries before you speak to your children

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-

coronavirushttps://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-how-talk-

child.htmlhttps://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

HOW TO HELP CHILDREN MANAGE FEARS

Fear is a natural emotion of our life experience and helping children to name and respond to fear is essential. It is best to not dismiss fear.When talking about fear (and other emotions):

  • Validate their feelings
  • Discuss the source of the fear
  • Make plans to help respond to the fear
  • Offer encouragement and be patient

Seek professional help for:

  • fears that are obsessive or
  • inhibiting normal life activities

https://childmind.org/article/hhelp-children-manage-fears/

HOW TO COPE WITH STRESS RELATED TO COVID-19

The demands of the COVID-19 response can be overwhelming and stressful. To help manage stress load:

  • Be mindful of exposure to information; take a break from the news
  • Do things that make them feel physically and emotionally safe
  • Engage in activities that promote a sense of calm
  • Talk to a trusted adult

https://headspace.org.au/young-people/how-to-cope-with-stress-related-to-covid-

19/https://www.smilingmind.com.au

E-SAFETY

With students spending a large amount of time online for learning and then completing the majority of their social interaction online also it is important to stay up to date with the latest information. By far the best site and most regularly updated is the Commissioner for e-safety’s site. The parent section of the website can be found by clicking on this link https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents