How to support your child and keep them safe online - coronavirus info for familiesPublished Date: 01 Jul 2020
Supporting your child's emotional wellbeing
We all know how important it is to look after our children's physical health, but their mental health is just as important. Many children are feeling anxious about current events and changes to their usual routine. Have a look at our webpages for ideas on how to support your child's emotional wellbeing. You can also take a look at Public Health England’s guidance to families on promoting children’s mental health and wellbeing at this time whilst the Welsh Government has launched a Young Person’s Mental Health Toolkit which includes links to a variety of resources.
Deaf young people can also look at information about coronavirus on The Buzz website.
Remember that “social distancing” should not mean social isolation. It is important to our health and wellbeing that we stay connected with friends and family, even when we can’t do this in person. Support may also be available through local groups for parents of deaf children where you live. Find out what support may be available in your area.
Also consider social media to connect with others and the use of video to communicate with friends and family using Skype, Facetime, Zoom or similar.
Resources for deaf children and young people
A range of resources have been created for deaf children and young people with information about coronavirus and to support their wellbeing:
- MindHeart storybook for children under the age of seven, available in different languages
- World Health Organisation story book for children aged 6-11 years, which is also available in different languages
- Coronavirus: a book for children, with British Sign Language interpretation
- Deaf Kidz vs COVID-19 online game with instructional video in British Sign Language and International Sign
- Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus story in British Sign Language, with English subtitles for children aged 5-11.
- Stay Home Superheroes – short story available animated with spoken English with subtitles or in BSL with Deaf actors and aimed at pre-school and primary school age children
- AskDeafTeachers, a range of nine short videos in British Sign Language about coronavirus.
Though not specifically aimed at parents of deaf children, the Anna Freud Centre have produced a range of resources on emotional wellbeing and coronavirus that families may find helpful. Our blog summarises some of these resources.
If you feel that your child needs more support with their mental health, our website has more information on the professionals who can help you.
Keeping your child safe online
At this time, deaf children and young people are more likely to be using social media and virtual communication to keep in touch with others. This will be an important way of helping deaf young people to feel less isolated and to support their wellbeing. Now is a good time to remind your child how to keep themselves safe online.