Children and teens learn much about their world from screen-based media, and that is where they are learning about coronavirus. They may be actively watching television, searching the internet or social media, or overhearing their parent’s radio on the drive to school.
In the world of social media, kids can make their own news that is readily shared with others. Sometimes this news is uninformed, misleading, or inflammatory. More often than not, parents either avoid specific issues occurring in their kids’ social media world or talk about more general social media than internet safety and problem-solving. However, in the case of coronavirus, I’d suggest a more active and invasive approach to reduce fears and anxiety.