As the United States grapples with one of the worst public pandemics ever, young children will most certainly be concerned about their own wellbeing and their parents, especially those who are confined in jails or prisons. Now is the time to consider what you as a caregiver, parent, or helping professional will do to help these little ones to better understand.
1. Be honest
2. Use age-appropriate language
3. Admit that things are uncertain
4. Find ways to continue communication (between children and their incarcerated parents. They may be concerned and just the mere sound of a parent's voice may calm their fears. Some technology companies provided at the jails and prisons (i.e. video conference, J-Pay, etc.) are offering free phone minutes given that many of the current lockdown at prisons.