“Sesame Street” and CNN teamed up to address kids’ and their parents’ concerns about coronavirus over the weekend, holding a virtual town hall dubbed “The ABC’s of COVID-19.” Big Bird moderated the 90-minute event alongside CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Erica Hill, welcoming experts and “Sesame Street” characters.
Together, the group answered questions by kids and their families dealing with issues like education, anxiety, screen time and playdates during quarantine. Highlights included Dr. Gupta teaching Elmo how to properly wash your hands and wear a facemask, and Oscar the Grouch’s PSA on “the perks of social distancing.”
Their advice for kids missing their friends or dealing with the loss of a loved one? Remember that “we’re all in this together.” The advice for the parents? Be honest with your children and support them as they transition into their “new normal” without regular-day activities and playdates with friends.
“When I lost my friend Mr. Hooper, I felt sad and confused,” Big Bird said. “I didn’t know what to do, but luckily I had my friends and my family there to help me. It’s important to remember that we’re all in this together, to help and to care for each other, and to lift each other up.”
“The important thing that we try to tell parents is, you need to be honest. You need to support your children,” added child psychologist Dr. Wanjiku F.M. Njoroge. “Many children are grieving the loss of their regular-day activities, and the loss of someone that they love. Letting them know in very clear and plain language about that loss, and then letting them express their emotions… often help children and families.”
Source: Entertainment Weekly