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Advice for young people and children during coronavirus

What is coronavirus?

If you are struggling to understand what the coronavirus is and how you feel about is, the following websites may be able to help you.

Recovery College Online - designed for children aged 7 to 12. Helps you understand what the new virus is, how to stay healthy, how you might feel about it, things to do at home and how to help yourselves. 

Newsround - contains a list of FAQs as well as an 8min film of 'Dr X and and Dr Chris' answering questions. Also includes a 'safe hand washing' film, and a children's message board.

Resources for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) - includes links to help children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) understand Coronavirus. There are also a number of online resources available to support children, young people and families during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Emotional and mental wellbeing

For advice about mental health and wellbeing, see: 

Useful links: 

  • Children's Society - general information for young people on emotional and mental wellbeing
  • Become - website for children in care and young care leavers. It has advice and information aimed at care experienced young people. Includes tips on staying calm and staying connected
  • Young Minds - guide on how to look after your mental health if you're self-isolating, includes general information, coping strategies, and where you can find resources and activities. 
  • Child Line - information for children, including: what is Coronavirus, 10 tips to cope during lockdown, and what to do if you're feeling worried
  • Child Bereavement UK - support and advice from bereaved young people for bereaved young people
  • Apart Of Me app - app aimed at 11-25 year olds which can also be used by parents/carers/teachers supporting them.
  • Safe Hands Thinking Minds - has lots of mental and physical wellbeing coping tools and resources.
  • Elsa Support - a range of free to download activities and workbooks to help children understand and manage their feelings during the Covid-19 lockdown
  • Childhood 101 - breathing exercise to help you keep clam 
  • Twitter: DarlingtonEPS - resources for children in Year 6 and Year 11 to help reduce anxiety and increase feelings of control and ownership

Activities and crafts to do at home

Ideas of 10 crafts and activities you can do at home:

  1. Make a rainbow to display in your window - you may have seen these on your daily walk! Making rainbows are an easy, fun, crafty activity that spreads colour and hope for those passing by and shows supports for our health and key workers
  2. Create a diary to record how you're feeling each day - all you need is a pen and paper. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can reduce stress, inspire your creativity, keep your thoughts organised and improve your writing skills!
  3. Make up a fitness or dance routine and teach it to the people in your house - exercise is especially important during this lockdown period; it can reduce stress and risk of illness, and can also be great fun. Pick your favourite song, plan some moves, and get others involved!
  4. Make origami animals and shapes. See RedTedArt to find out how to make a paper tulip.
  5. Leave happy notes around the house for people to find - imagine finding a note in your shoes telling you how amazing you are. This is a super quick activity that can spread a lot of joy
  6. Make paper aeroplanes and test out to see which one is the best - instructions to make the World's Best Paper Airplane
  7. Make an indoor treasure hunt - when you can't get outside, bring the fun indoors! Think of picture clues or riddles to send people to different rooms. Solving all the clues could lead to a special prize at the end
  8. Write a letter to someone - before FaceTime and Skype people sometimes wrote letters to each other. Letters are a great way to tell stories, describe how you feel or tell someone what they mean to you and they are an amazing gift to receive, and one that will be treasured
  9. Play balloon volleyball - put some cushions across the floor (that's your net), blow up a balloon... and away you go!
  10. Decorate a hard-boiled egg to look like someone you care for then send them the photo

More useful apps and websites 

Zinnia Journal and Planner  - a creative way to keep a diary, create a collage, schedule those important self-care moments and record meaningful day-to-day interactions.

Done: A Simple Habit Tracker - helps you create healthy routines by setting goals, tracking your progress, and then motivating you with streaks/chains.

There are a number of websites and apps available that can help you learn and stay active at home, during the school closures. For more information, see Coronavirus: Educational resources.

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