Conversations with Common Sense: COVID-19: Young Kids Coping with Anxiety

Conversations with Common Sense brings together authors, experts, and thought leaders for meaningful and timely dialogue on what it means to raise healthy and happy kids in the digital age. This special coronavirus edition will feature tips and advice on keeping kids engaged, entertained, and learning while at home, as well as best practices for managing stress and self-care for the whole family during this time of social distancing.

Common Sense Arizona Director Ilana Lowery chats with special guest Brad Snyder, the executive director of Arizona’s Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being and chair of the Arizona Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium. Brad discusses strategies for supporting the mental health needs of young children, as well as exploring how the coverage and response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 can provoke anxiety in them.

Recorded on 4/8/2020.

Brad Snyder @RBradleySnyder
Executive director, Arizona’s Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being

Ilana Lowery (host) @ilanajlowery
Arizona director, Common Sense


This is tough. You’re doing a great job. It’s not going to be perfect. Do what you can to make sure your children feel connected, supported, and safe, and the learning will follow. Also, check in with other parents to see what’s working for them, and share ideas.
Common Sense launched a brand-new, free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus: Wide Open School, at Curated and coordinated by the experts at Common Sense, Wide Open School is the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits, and education and technology companies. Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject.

Resources from the Arizona Adverse Childhood Experiences Consortium on self-care and children:

Flipping the COVID-19 threat into a positive experience for our children:

Stress, Resilience, and the Role of Science (from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University):

Are you looking for resources to help during the school closures? We’ve got you. Common Sense has free tips and tools for educators and families to support the transition to at-home learning. Get the best ratings, reviews, and advice so you can keep your kids engaged, entertained, and learning while at home:

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