COVID-19 questions

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, without a definitive deadline for when restrictions may be lifted or when schools will open again, it gets harder and harder to explain to our kids what’s happening when we don’t have the answers ourselves.

Nickelodeon’s preschool offshoot, Noggin, teamed up with Common Sense Media to create a twenty minute special, Navigating the New Normal: Parents Edition. The special, which is available now, answers questions about COVID-19 and offers coping strategies while explaining the importance of play.

Hosted by actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, the special features experts like California surgeon general Nadine Burke Harris, MD; American Academy of Pediatrics’ spokesperson Jenny Radesky, MD and the Temple University’s department of psychology faculty fellow Kathy Hirsch-Pasek, MD, who will answer questions and concerns from real parents.

The program is part of Nickelodeon’s multiplatform initiative #KidsTogether, which uses Nick’s most popular characters to interact with kids and provide tips for staying healthy, plus at-home family activities. Noggin’s Smart Schedule is another free resource that provides daily ideas for entertainment and education at home.

Noggin has also added new short-form content that promotes physical activity and relaxation for kids; series like Imagination Trips, which allows families to see different landscapes, like the beach, and practice focusing skills and slow breathing. The service has also added phonics-based and learn-to-read titles to its ebook library in addition to learning games, activities, shorts and ad-free episodes of shows like PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig and Blue’s Clues & You!

To access Noggin, you can sign up for a free trial (which has been extended to 60 days for new subscribers, available through Sunday, May 10) through the App Store, Google Play, Amazon, Apple and Roku.

Navigating the New Normal is available for free now on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. For more information on transitioning to remote learning, visit Common Sense Media’s Wide Open School website.

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