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COVID-19 – Kids must be empowered participants in response to coronavirus

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COVID-19 Kids must be empowered participants in response to coronavirus

It is a time of great uncertainty, fear and anxiety for many children, as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to worsen.

Each child must be given every opportunity to voice their concerns, questions and comments during this time and be part of the public conversation. The agency of children is the foundation of Kids Thrive’s work and drives the organisation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Since the outbreak we’ve seen a proliferation in many excellent resources to assist parents and guardians when speaking to their children about the coronavirus,’ says Dr Andrea Lemon, CEO, Kids Thrive.

‘What is vital in this mix is the opportunity for children learn, ask questions and interact with health experts and community leaders. They must be empowered to share this and be heard, by their peers and the broader community. It is very important that we hear directly from children in the public discussions on COVID-19.’

Kids Thrive congratulates the Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg who held a children-only press conference with two other Ministers and answered their questions directly.

‘This is an exceptional example of inclusive leadership. I urge Australian leaders to consider this approach and ensure kids are active and empowered in the community response to COVID-19,’ says Dr Lemon.

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