During this pandemic, we know you have school-aged children who will need something to occupy their time while still dealing with being out of school and practicing the social distancing recommendations from officials and the medical community.  Here are some links to online educational sites and activities for the young people in your home:

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#COVIBOOK is a short story with activities that help guide children through the emotions they may be experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic. COVIBOOK is completely free and available in multiple languages such as spanish, arabic, polish, and many more. 

"Dear families and educators all over the world,
I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo's anxiety all over the world. 
With love,
Manuela Molina - the author"

Young Adults and COVID-19

Teens and young adults handle anxiety differently then that of the younger youth population. It is important to allow the space for your youth to have a conversation about their fears and their anxiety with the growing pandemic. Here are some tips to help your young adult through this time of worry:​

  • Don't overestimate the danger & don't underestimate your youth's ability to protect themselves - anxiety is a natural reaction to danger but it is unhealthy when it occurs during the absence of a threat. Know the facts regarding COVID-19 and keep perspective. Right now the risk for most Americans is low and there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk even further: Keep your hands clean and away from your face, follow the guidelines given out by the state and protect your immune system by eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep.

  • Bring them in to help - help adolescents transfer their energy from worry and doubt to a place of supporting and helping others in the household. Youth who provide the highest levels of social support to fellow victims are able to express the most confidence about their ability to face challenges in their own lives. While your youth may not be able to leave the home to support others, they can still give support and help to those in the household in other ways.

    • Supporting / playing with younger siblings.

    • Preparing meals for the family.

    • Bring them in on the quarantine preparation and planning (even while currently in quarantine) - feeling that they are protecting the family can give them a feeling of empowerment that lessens anxiety. 

  • Encourage other ways for your youth to engage with friends - although your youth may not be able to physically spend time with their friends, there are other creative ways to spend time with their friends virtually. 

    • Zoom and Google Hangouts offer video chat for groups. There are many activities that can happen through these platforms, you just need to get creative. Some examples others have done include playing board games, book club chats, work outs, karaoke nights, and other creative activities. 

    •  Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. Use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties.

    • Online games offer the opportunity to play many of your favorite games while being able to spend time with friends from a distance. 

    • Multiplayer apps on your phone or other device allow you the ability to play on the same device, while others are multiplayer games allow you to play over the same Wi-Fi network on more than one device. 

  • Encourage other ways for your youth to engage with friends - although your youth may not be able to physically spend time with their friends, there are other creative ways to spend time with their friends virtually. 

For the Family
Being quarantined may not be easy and it can be especially difficult with children in the house. Regardless of age, being in quarantine may cause some anxiety within the family. It is normal for your children to feel anxiety during a pandemic. 
Try to keep things lighthearted. Do things you may not normally do to help minimize the stress and fear youth might be experiencing. Take this time to bond with your child in way that is authentic and meaningful.
Like this 50+ Virtual Trips, here are some ideas of activities to do with your child during quarantine: 

  • Science Learning - Mystery Science is the creator of the most popular science lessons in U.S. schools. They have pulled their most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. Kids have the opportunity to learn lots of interesting things like why polar bears are white or how germs get into the body and much more. 

  • Tour the National Parks - Google Earth has a list of parks that has virtual tours available. You can see a series of interactive photos of its most breathtaking hikes and views. 

  • Visit Museums Virtually -  Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.

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  • Story Time - a variety of online opportunities for different types of story time to get your kids wanting to read. 

    • Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading these books to the children of Earth.

    • Josh Gad, the voice of Olaf from Disney's Frozen, has been broadcasting readings of different kids’ stories.

    • Chris Van Dusen has written and illustrated children’s books throughout the years. Now, he’s treating readers to recordings of each of his books. 

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  • Book Clubs - Book club for kids offer free, 20-minute podcast devoted to middle grade books and readers. Each show features a trio of students discussing a favorite book, an interview with the author, and a celebrity reading.

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  • Games - Fatherly has instructions to games that provide great distractions. The best games are invariably lightly structured exercises in channeling aggression, creativity, or metabolized carbohydrates. 

Educational 
 

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  • With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home. If this sounds like you, stop stressing. This is going to be super helpful! Go to KidsActivities.com

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