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Preparing Kids for a Safe Return to School

Preparing Kids for a Safe Return to School

April 30, 2020

Social Sciences & Humanities

The Times of Israel — If the Israeli government concludes that coronavirus infection rates are continuing to drop, children in preschool, kindergarten and first through third grade will soon return to school amid limitations.

Aharonson-Daniel

Prof. Limor Aharonson-Daniel

But how should parents, who have been with kids 24/7 for weeks, minimizing their exposure to coronavirus and enforcing their hygiene practices, prepare them for return to classes?

BGU’s Prof. Limor Aharonson-Daniel, a public health expert and head of the University’s PREPARED Center for Emergency Response Research, participates in a Q & A session to give parents guidance on helping their children have a smooth and safe return to their new reality.

“The most important thing to give kids is a sense of control. If people feel they are controlling what happens to them, they are less anxious and stressed,” says Prof. Aharonson-Daniel.

“Knowledge is important here. Give facts. Children are wise enough to understand the facts of contamination, what it means to have contaminated surfaces, why it’s a worry, and in general how coronavirus risk works. If they cognitively understand the situation, and it’s not a matter of only saying “don’t do this or this,” they are less likely to become anxious.”

Read the full interview on The Times of Israel >>>