Teenagers are less likely to be really ill with the Coronavirus, but there have been some cases, and of course, they can also be carriers of the disease. If you’re worried about your teen’s safety during the pandemic, as well as their mental wellbeing, then follow these safety tips.
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As restrictions keep changing, make sure your teenager understands that the risks are still very real and that they are taking daily precautions to stop the spread of the illness.
Make sure they are washing their hands frequently or using hand sanitizer on the go. If they’re using public transport, such as to travel to school, suggest saline wipes for wiping buttons or surfaces. Ensure they have enough face masks to change them as often as they should, and are wearing them when out in public. They must avoid close contact with anyone who is ill, and are practicing social distancing.
Connecting with peers is especially important for teenagers, but physical distancing is one of the best ways to prevent Coronavirus.
If, when they’re allowed to, your teen is going out to see friends, or is still attending school or work in person, remind them how important it is that practice safe social distancing. Encourage them to catch up with friends virtually instead of in-person wherever possible. If they do see people in person, suggest that they choose a select few people to see, to reduce the risk of illness.
Your teenager should not be attending any large social gatherings, where it is not possible to safely distance from others. If your teen is struggling with the guidelines, try to appeal to their empathy, and remind them that the measures are to protect others as well as themselves. A lot of teenagers will see the restrictions as an infringement on their freedom, so it’s important that they know how important it is to abide by them.
Check-In And Listen
When the pandemic first began to happen, you might have made an effort to talk to your teenager about what was happening and asked them if they had any questions or worries. As time goes on, and the virus continues, it’s important to keep having these conversations.
Every teen will face different problems and have different things that worry or upset them about the ongoing pandemic. Some teenagers might be most upset about missing out on milestones like celebrating big birthdays or graduations. Some might be concerned about how their friendships will be affected by not being able to see each other. Ask them what their main worries are, and ask how you can best support them.
Continue to check-in with your teen on a regular basis. Ask how they’re feeling. Listen to their concerns, and be careful not to dismiss any feelings of frustration or disappointment that they might have. It’s important that they understand why the precautions and restrictions are needed, but it is also important that they know it’s ok to feel upset and disappointed about missing out on things. Reassure them that you are there to help.