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Disney Channel and Nickelodeon Help Kids Get Through Quarantine with Special Programming

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By Francesca O'Hern

As the world essentially shuts down in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many either work from home or are out of work altogether while children and adolescents take classes online. While this is an uncertain and confusing time for many of us, it is likely even more so for kids. Children's programming networks Nickelodeon and Disney Channel have each devised their own ways to keep kids up to date and entertained while the virus continues to be a threat.

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Nickelodeon Brings #KidsTogether

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#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall is an hour-long special that will air Monday, March 30 at 7pm ET/PT. It will share advice on how to stay safe and entertained during quarantine, answer questions from kids, and show first-hand accounts from children across the nation of how they and their families are coping during the crisis. Kristen Bell will host and be joined via video chat by relevant experts such as the California Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris and celebrities popular with kids like Kenan Thomspon and Alicia Keys.

What Is #KidsTogether?

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Nickelodeon's #KidsTogether launched earlier this month across multiple media platforms. It is intended to be a resource for both parents and kids in coping with the virus. Essentially, it brings together popular Nickelodeon characters from shows such as Spongebob Squarepants, Blue's Clues and You!, Henry Danger, Casagrande, and Bubble Guppies, and actors. The characters and talent demonstrate safety tips and fun activities for kids to do at home. For more information and to access all of the content, you can visit NickHelps.com, where the whole initiative is centralized.

Disney Assures Us We're All In This Together

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Disney Channel will also launch its own initiative on March 27. We're All In This Together (or #WAITT) is basically a series of short clips, intended for kids ages 6 to 14, that will air in between programs and on commercial breaks both on Disney Channel itself and on Disney YouTube. The clips will feature Disney Channel Stars in video clips they've made at home or in their neighborhoods. The stars will showcase how they've been staying active and positive in hopes of inspiring kids.

Who is Participating?

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Stars from all over Disney Channel have filmed these short video clips. Isaac Ryan Brown from Raven's Home, Ava Kolker from Sydney to the Max, and Elie Samouhi from Upside Down Magic have shared what they've been up to. "I've been playing a lot of guitar, writing songs," shared Samouhi. Kolker suggested cuddling with pets as a way to self-soothe, saying "I give my furbabies lots of hugs because they're just so comforting." Brown, on the other hand, urges viewers to "stay productive" and wake up at the same time and do schoolwork. Hopefully, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel will provide just what kids need to stay entertained and happy right now.

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