Artistes take to cartoons and COVID superheroes
Artistes have come up with creative ways to keep the kids interested and informed about the pandemic. Illustrator Chris Vosters created the Corona Monkey to explain the virus to his kids. Nigerian filmmaker Niyi Akinmolayan made an animated video to explain the virus to children, and an American media organisation (NPR) released a comic strip on the virus for children. The World Health Organization and some authors have also released books explaining what the virus is about – using simple terms and superheroes.
Parents focus on importance of social distancing, good hygiene
Homemaker Gunjan Talreja says, “I use simpler language to make Mahir, 6 understand the crisis and remind him about the situation so that he takes care of his hygiene.”
For doctors Neha and Vaibhav Gulati, creating a daily routine has been helpful. “We told Kaashvi, 6 that we had to follow strict hygiene rules. Initially, it was fun, but then came the tantrums. Now we have a routine that includes exercising, and attending classes,” they say. “When I started to have a discussion about COVID with Saiyansh, 8 and Saieesh, 3 , all I got was ‘mom we know everything about corona’. Since they’re know what’s happening, they’ve made their peace with the situation. Every night, they pray to Iron Man to fight this ‘thorn head’,” says homemaker Tanvi Hans.
Teachers get creative to raise awareness
Even before the lockdown was announced earlier this year, teachers had begun to explain the virus to students. Arishya Sharma, a pre-primary teacher in Dwarka, tells us, “We explained to them how the virus spreads through an activity using pepper, water and soap. They understand the importance of washing hands, and we keep them informed through short stories etc.” Anjana Prasad, who teaches at a Vasant Kunj school, says, “Telling children the virus is like the flu that makes multiple classmates sick, and going near them can infect them, helps them understand how the virus spreads. Asking them to stay at home and do what they like to do will ease them into this new schedule without much anxiety.”