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Don't worry we haven't forgotten about the grown ups. Help if you are worrying about occupying your kids and some activities for you to try as well.

Talking to your kids about coronavirus and what is happening

There has been lots on the news about coronavirus over the last few weeks. If your children have questions about what is happening then the Children's Commissioner for Wales has an information hub for families and children to explain what is going on. If you or your children have any questions then you can tweet, email or Facebook message them.

The World Health Organisation have created six posters to help parents talk to their children about coronavirus. There are tips on planning one-to-one time, creating a daily routine and avoiding bad behaviour.

How to help with your children's worries; and yours

Mind have put together information for young people who may be worried about what is happening and to help them cope with the changes going on. There are also pages for adults to help you cope with your mental health.

If you are looking for fun ways to help with coping over the next few weeks then Action for Happiness have created a coping calendar with a challenge a day. Make sure you continue to follow the UK Government's latest guidance while taking part in these.

Stay safe online

With so many resources now available online its important to make sure your children are safe when accessing the internet. The Thinkuknow website has lots of useful resources for you and your children to make sure they stay safe whether using a smart phone, tablet or computer. They have also put together some activities to do at home. They also provide advice for parents if you are concerned that something is not right with your child and their internet use. 

NSPCC Netaware website has lots of advice on the latest apps, games and social networks. With people looking for new ways to keep in touch make sure you understand how these apps and networks work and what data is being shared across them.

Learn a new skill with Swansea's Lifelong Learning team

The Lifelong Learning team are working hard to still bring you some of the most popular of their courses through their Facebook page. Activities include cookery tutor Lisa giving recipe demonstrations and Judith will be doing an online version of her popular calligraphy classes. They are also sharing lots of ideas to do with the kids. They will be adding new online courses and videos so make sure to keep in touch and try something new.

More things to do

Why keep all the activities for the kids? There are lots of different things to try out either with the kids or if you have free time yourself. 

You can learn new skills or develop existing ones free with a wide range of courses at all levels with FutureLearn and the Open University's Open Learn.

If you want to try something completely new how about ballet classes via YouTube with English National Ballet's Tamara Rojo who is Artistic Director and Principal Dancer.

You could exercise your vocal chords by joining Gareth Malone's Great British Home Chorus. If you don't sing you could play an instrument instead.

For some fun challenges for the whole family you could try some #HomeTasking with Taskmaster's Alex Horne who is setting regular new challenges to try at home on his Twitter feed.

If you are looking for some live comedy then The Cosmic Shambles Network's Stay at Home Festival is offering just that with a full schedule of comedy, chat and podcasts.

The Global Citizen campaign are bringing together some of the world's biggest music acts for their virtual concert series Together at Home

Also look out for more content from the BBC who have announced a Culture in Quarantine festival over the summer.

There is lots more available so keep a look out for recommendations.

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