Coronavirus Advice and Guidance for Parents and Carers

Government Guidance

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. They have published this guidance which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Advice published by the Home Office, Public Health England, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Department for Education  for parents and carers about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the pandemic and information about available help and support.

Your Childs Health

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have published this COVID-19 advice for parents and carers when your child is unwell or injured poster. It gives advice on what to do when your child needs medical attention during .

Details of the ICON - Babies Cry, You Can Cope programme are available on our ICON page.

Your Childs Education

The City of York Council has a COVID-19: Advice for schools and families page, giving advice and educational resources while children are being cared for at home.

The DfE has updated guidance on supporting children to learn at home which includes links to a variety of learning apps for parents to use with their children as well as guidance and advice for parents at home with their children aged 2 - 4 years during the current situation.

Parents can now access regular daily lessons for all age groups, including pre-schoolers, from BBC Bitesize in English, maths and other core subjects, on the BBC Bitesize website.

Your Childs Mental Health

Yorkmumbler has created a 'Coping with #Coronavirus' page on their website which includes official advice and news, an area for kids, an area for parents and details of virtual classes and groups. 

NSPCC have produced Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers.

The World Health Organisation has published advice on how you can help your child to cope with the stress of this COVID19 outbreak.

MindEd have safe and reliable advice for parents and carers about young people's mental health

Here are some further resources which you can use to help your child during this time:

Online Safety 

The NSPCC and O2 are offering free 30 minute webinars for groups of parent, grandparents and carers, making it easy for you to keep your family safe online. Follow the link or email for more information.

The Government has released new guidance for parents and carers on how to help children stay safe online in lockdown.

CEOP has created a Home Activity Packs page to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home. 

Childrens Commissioner has produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help ensure they are safe, and their wellbeing is looked after while at home during the coronavirus outbreak when their screen time maybe higher than usual.

North Yorkshire Police have a new page on their website: Coronavirus emergency: Parents and carers urged to help protect youngsters from online paedophiles while off school

Children and young people are more likely to be online over then next few weeks as they learn at home during the Coronavirus outbreak. Don't forget to talk to them about online safety. There's lots of further information and advice online at:

Guidance for Children with Additional Needs

The YorOK website has resources, useful links and information around COVID-19 and children with additional needs. The COVID-19 Guidance for Children with Additional Needs page covers a wide range of information from mental health support, to easy read guides and changes to EHCP assessments.