Children of all ages and their parents are feeling the social effects of COVID-19. Some families may be feeling isolated, bored and uncertain about the future. Children might feel afraid or sad about how their world has changed so quickly. Parenting can be difficult at the best of times but now it seems to be an ever-changing challenge. Here are some resources put together by Ottawa Public Library staff to help parents and caregivers support the young people in their lives.
Emergency child care for eligible health care and essential frontline workers.
Ottawa Public Health provides local information on dealing with the challenges of being apart from family and friends. This site has helpful, practical tips on explaining the virus, physical distancing and hand washing to children. There is an excellent FAQ page that covers the questions that come up day to day with all ages about COVID-19.
Get information about reopening schools and child care centres, and find resources to support students during COVID-19.
Families across the country are facing new challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic affects our daily work and home routines. Children, just like adults, play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Use these resources to help your child understand what's going on and how they can help.
Working with international partners, the WHO brings you content to open the world of COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) is an international organization with members from more than 150 countries, that come together to promote equal access to health for everyone. This website offers ideas and resources to support projects that will engage children in understanding coronavirus, the challenges it brings to their world, and what can be done to protect them.
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to protect your child. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has brought with it new challenges for families across the globe. UNICEF Parenting is here to be your partner in navigating this health crisis by providing you with accurate, reliable information on the best ways to keep your family safe.
The Canadian Paediatric Society is a national organization of pediatricians working together to advance the health of Canadian children and youth. This site has articles on COVID-19 and how it is affecting other medical conditions such as diabetes, ADHD and anxiety disorders. There are practical articles about topics such as the safe use of hand sanitizer by children.
Do you find working from home a challenge? Here are practical tips to make working from home with children a bit easier. The Canadian Psychological Society is the largest national association for the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada.
Feeling stressed by working at home, while looking after children? The Canadian Red Cross provides self-care tips for parents working at home with solutions to the challenges of an abrupt workplace change. Tips are included for helping families cope during the pandemic, including links to activities for children.
Get the facts on the novel coronavirus with Kids Help Phone, a 24/7 national support service. This national volunteer-led organization offers phone, text and live chat counselling services to young people in both English and French. Find information here about how to support the young people in your life. There are also tips for kids on how to cope with social distancing and concerns about school.