COVID-19 – Reliable Sources of Information

Social media is currently filled with information, some of it misinformation, about COVID-19. For those who want to understand more about what is currently known about this virus, and how to minimise its spread, we suggest the following websites.

Unite Against Covid 19 (NZ)
New Zealand Ministry of Health
Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor
World Health Organisation
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US)
Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus:  Coronavirus: How to cope with the mental fallout

Resources for Supporting Children

There are a number of helpful resources for parents, whānau and teachers, to assist in helping children and young people understand what is going on, and how to meet their needs.

How to teach your children how hand washing helps prevents the spread of coronavirus: Dr Michelle Dickinson aka Nanogirl.

How to Talk to Kids about the Coronavirus:
Child Mind Institute
Talking to Children about Coronavirus:
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

How to Talk to your Teen:
Harvard Medical School
How to Talk to your Kids about Coronavirus:
PBS Kids
Helping Children cope with stress during the Covid-19 outbreak, by WHO
How to talk to kids and teens about the coronavirus, from Psychology Today
Helping Children Cope with Coronavirus and Uncertainty from Harvard Graduate School of Education
7 ways to support kids and teens through the coronavirus pandemic from the Clay Center for Healthy Young Minds
Helping children cope with changes resulting from Covid-19, National Association of School Psychologists(US)
How to talk to teens about the new coronavirus, from Harvard Medical School
How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus from UNICEF
Supporting teenagers and young adults during the coronavirus crisis from Child Mind Institute
Helping children and teens cope with anxiety about Covid-19 Seattle Children’s Hos


The following organisations have resources and suggestions for parents and other adults who are supporting children and young people following traumatic events. We hope these will be helpful, both for adults and the children or young people they are supporting.

Ministry of Health (Eng, Arab, Ind, Malay, Turk with further translations underway)
Oranga Tamariki
The Parenting Place
Save the Children
Ministry of Education
University of Southern California
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Academy of Pediatrics
Mental Health Foundation
Beyond Blue