We’re currently in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is some clear, calm, and youth-driven info to assist younger folks in understanding what is happening around them:
My Name is Coronavirus: A 12-page activity booklet that presents key info about the coronavirus, modes of transmission, illness, and preventative measures. Created by Manuela Molina, this booklet is available in Spanish, English, Italian, Portuguese, French, Polish, Hebrew, Indonesian, German, Turkish, Russian, and Egyptian Arabic.
CBC News Kids: Provides a number of excellent youth-driven videos about coronavirus. Topics include: Busting myths about the coronavirus; Why is everybody freaking out about the coronavirus?; What does it mean that the coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic?
Understanding coronavirus and how germs spread: This is a 34-minute podcast created by Brains On. From the Spotify description: “In this episode we’ll breakdown what we know about this new virus and tell you how to stay safe.”
Thirteen science questions about COVID-19 from teens: This is basically a FAQ webpage answering 13 questions posed by students at a school in New Jersey. Questions cover a range of topics, from vaccine production, to school closures, to protective measures.
Kids Help Phone: We’re here for you during COVID-19 (novel coronavirus): This is a direct support service for children and teenagers with questions about the virus and COVID-19. This webpage provides an excellent mix of FAQs and videos, and provides real-time contact info if kids need to support directly (i.e. 24/7 phone, texting, and online chat options available). The videos are cool, too: they focus on reducing anxiety and empowering young people when dealing with adults and doctors.