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Charlotte Talks: No School. No Playground. No Friends Over. Helping Children Navigate Coronavirus

Erin Keever / WFAE

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The world has been turned upside down by the coronavirus, especially for children. There's a lot that adults don't understand about these uncertain times, so how do you explain it to young people?

Familiar places, from school to a friend's house, are now off-limits in the era of social distancing.

Duke University professor and psychologist Robin Gurwitch, an expert on how children process trauma, says ignoring current events is not the way to go.

“The most important thing is parents need to sit down and have conversations with their children no matter their age,” Gurwitch says.

What does that conversation sound like? Are there things to say – or not say?


Dr. Robin Gurwitch, Duke University, professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Natalie Moore, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, school psychology program manager

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.