COVID-19: Recommendations & Advice for Adolescents & Their Parents
Children and young people should understand basic age-appropriate coronavirus (COVID-19) information, including its symptoms, complications, how it is transmitted, and how to prevent transmission.
Follow our advice:
- In a situation like this, it is normal to feel sad, worried, confused, scared, or angry. You should know that you are not alone and should talk to someone you trust, such as a parent or a trusted adult so that you can protect yourself and your health.
- Ask questions, educate yourself, and listen to information from reliable sources.
- Wash your hands frequently, always with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Remember not to touch your face.
- Do not share cups, food, or drinks with others.
- Do not stigmatize and exclude your peers and do not tease anyone that they are ill; remember that the virus does not know about geographical boundaries, ethnicity, age, ability, or gender.
- Tell your parents, another family member, or whoever is taking care of you if you are feeling sick and ask to stay home.
- Be aware of false information and misconceptions, whether transmitted verbally or online.
- Take a break from watching, reading, or listening to the news, including social networks. Listening about the spread of the viral infection multiple times throughout the day can be disturbing.
- Take care of your body. Take a deep breath, stretch out, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, balanced meals, exercise regularly, sleep a lot, and avoid harmful substances.
- Have some time for relaxing. Try to combine things you have to do with activities you enjoy.
People with the virus circulating in the population and transmit it to others, often without knowing that they may be symptom-free or only have mild symptoms. That is why it is important to accept the call to stay home in order to avoid transmission and to go into quarantine if symptoms appear.
Recommendations for parents of adolescents:
Children and adolescents often react in the same way as the adults around them.
When adults deal with an unpleasant topic, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, with calm and confidence, they are providing them with the best support.
Parents can provide more stable support for others around them, especially for children, if they are better prepared.
Not all adolescents respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes you should pay attention to:
- Excessive worrying or sadness
- Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
- Irritability and inappropriate behaviors
- Avoiding school-related obligations
- Attention and concentration difficulties
- Avoiding activities he/she used to enjoy in the past
- Unexplained headaches or body aches
- Alcohol, tobacco, or substance abuse