General advice to families during COVID-19

Through Better Internet for Kids (BIK), and the European Network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), our aim is to empower children and young people to remain safe online, and equally assist those that support them. During the time of the coronavirus pandemic, Safer Internet Centres have published a number of articles and resources with general advice to families.

Date 2020-05-11 Author BIK Team Section awareness Audience parents and carers

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  • Coronavirus: how to handle the situation with children at home? (in Czech). The COVID-19 pandemic is not an easy period for parents - they have to combine several activities such as keeping the household running, guiding children through remote learning, and working from home. This article presents some recommendations on how to best manage this time.
  • Coronavirus: a topic on the helpline (in Czech). Adults' concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic are normally passed on to children, some of whom look for support from the helpline. What does Linka bezpeci z.s. recommend to address the situation? Mgr. Kateřina Baťhová shares her advice in this article.
  • Tips for parents, children and families - especially in the current situation (in French and German). Be aware that children perceive the situation clearly and they are stressed and strained - pictures of people in protective suits and breathing masks can seem threatening. The Luxembourgish helpline, Kanner Jugend Telefon, has compiled a long list of tips to help deal with the situation.
  • How do I talk about the coronavirus with my children? (in German). Many young people are concerned about the coronavirus. Honest but child-oriented explanations are important to provide security and reassurance. This article from the Austrian Safer Internet Centre gives tips on how you can inform your children without scaring them.
  • Coronavirus – What is still allowed? (in German). What movement restrictions are in force in Austria due to COVID-19? Is it still possible to ride a bike? How about jogging? The regulations change constantly and the Austrian Safer Internet Centre is often asked about what is actually still allowed. Find an overview in this article.
  • Coronavirus – Actions for schools (in German). The Austrian government has announced several actions concerning schools to contain the spread of COVID-19. Check this article to stay up-to-date on the situation.
  • Children learn what coronavirus is and how to protect from it (in Greek). This video, produced by the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, aims to inform children about COVID-19.
  • Children's corona safety rules. Information on COVID-19 can be confusing and scary for children at this difficult time. In order to provide easily understandable guidelines, the Norwegian helpline, Kors på halsen, has launched the 'Children's corona safety rules', a list of five rules developed by and for children to deal with the situation, including keeping in touch with/caring for friends and family via digital platforms and listening credible information only. The campaign was launched on 13 March, as a challenge in cooperation with five Norwegian top TikTokers. Later, it was extended to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

Remember that European Safer Internet Centres also provide helpline services allowing children and young people, and parents and carers to access personalised advice and support. Equally, each SIC also provides a hotline for reporting any illegal content you mind find online. Don't hesitate to contact them in case of need!

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