Norway’s prime minister held a 30-minute press conference to help kids process coronavirus
Coronavirus is scary for everyone, including kids. Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, tried to help ease those fears by holding a 30-minute press conference for kids. She used the opportunity to explain that everyone who could stay home should, and that adults who are healthy don’t usually become very ill from the virus.
Life, she acknowledged, had become very different. “I know that for many children this is scary,” she said. “It is ok to be scared when so many things happen at the same time.”
Norway has invoked emergency powers, closed its borders, and shut down many public and private institutions including schools and kindergartens. As of this writing, 1,442 people in the country have tested positive for Covid-19.
In speaking to children, Solberg didn’t simplify her language or talk down to her audience; rather, she addressed them as the curious and concerned people they are.
Click here to read the full article published by Quartz on 17 March 2020.