Supporting children through social shocks: ‘Learning to Live with Fog Monsters’ book launch webinar

Supporting children through social shocks: ‘Learning to Live with Fog Monsters’ book launch webinar

18 Nov 2022

The Voices in a Pandemic (VIP-CLEAR) team are holding a book launch webinar on 30th November at 4pm on Zoom for ‘Learning to Live with Fog Monsters,’ a children’s book for 7 to 11-year-olds that aims to help them process and talk about social shocks.

The webinar will focus on how teachers can use ‘Learning to Live with Fog Monsters’ to support children through scary threats that aren’t always immediately visible, for example, pandemics, war, and climate change. The book is a free learning resource that draws on research findings and children’s experiences.

The story draws attention to how invisible threats can impact children, and how adults can help children to process the worries that they cause. This is done through the eyes of two 10-year-olds experiencing the invisible threat of the ‘fog monsters,’ and the impact their presence has on them, their families, and their community, and follows the children as they try to stay hopeful and find ways of coping.

The contents of the book can be used to initiate classroom discussion surrounding the importance of talking about worries, working with others, and planning for a positive future.

The webinar, which will also discuss curriculum links, will be led by Dr Verity Jones (Primary Education, UWE Bristol), Luci Gorell Barnes (socially engaged artist) and Professor Lindsey McEwen (Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience, UWE Bristol).

The ‘Voices in a Pandemic’ Project is run in partnership with six Bristol Schools and a national charity – Action for Children. The research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.