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News about coronavirus is everywhere. Children and teens are absorbing information from a variety of sources—from television and social media to what they hear from their peers. Parents may be wondering how to explain the pandemic in a way that makes sense to their children, reassures them about their own safety, and won’t make their children more worried than they already are. 

To help parents navigate this new challenge, we’ve gathered a number of resources to help parents talk to teens and children about coronavirus. Keep reading for helpful tips from trusted sources like ZERO TO THREE, the National Child Traumatic Stress Institute, and the Child Mind Institute on how to offer developmentally appropriate answers to your child’s most pressing questions.