How to talk to children about flooding, Ukraine and COVID-19

Kate McIlwain
Updated March 7 2022 - 11:32am, first published 11:30am
How to talk to kids when all the news is bad
How to talk to kids when all the news is bad

We've had fires, floods, two years of ups and downs in a global pandemic and now the war in Ukraine means more images of fighting, displacement and horror are splashed across the news.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain


For more than a decade, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. Currently I'm the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents in the wake of a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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