Parenting during Covid-19 resources

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Parenting during Covid-19 resources – Resources

Organisation/Publisher

WHO, UNICEF, Parenting for Lifelong Health, Global Partnership to End Violence, CDC, and World Without Orphans

Author(s)

Yethu Dlamini (Proof Communication Africa)

Publication date

01 Nov 2020

Uploaded by:

Lauren October

Uploaded on

16 Nov 2020

Downloads & Links resources

Description

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has upended family life around the world. School closures, working remote, physical distancing — it's a lot to navigate for anyone, but especially for parents. A group of partners teamed up with the Parenting for Lifelong Health initiative to bring parents and caregivers a set of handy tips to help manage this new (temporary) normal. 

These Covid-19 parenting  resources were developed by the WHO, UNICEF, Parenting for Lifelong Health, Global Partnership to End Violence, CDC, and World Without Orphans to help parents keep themselves and their children safe, happy and healthy during this stressful period. The evidence-informed tips are now available on the WHO and UNICEF websites and have been translated into over 100 languages.

They have been proven to work effectively in many families across the world where they have already been implemented.

These resources do not only focus on parents dealing with children but give parents tips to manage stress and they also help mitigate violence in homes.

While some parents are still dealing with losing their jobs because of the lockdown, they are also not used to being home 24/7 with their children, this causing pressure on their end.

The resources can be shared or distributed in many ways, including (to communities or other networks);

  • During community awareness campaigns, home and school visits and at teachers’ workshops.
  • For staff members of organisations who have to undergo training for effective delivery of community services - perhaps dealing with vulnerable families.
  • When made available and accessible to community members visiting your offices and;
  • It can also be shared on community WhatsApp groups as PDFs, videos or audios and community radio stations.
  • On social media pages e.g. posting one tip a day on Facebook, Twitter etc.

Below are the links to the resources:

  • 15 Tips sheets (translated into over 100 languages!) These can be printed and given to parents or shared through social media channels.
  • Social Media Kit is linked to the first 12 Tip Sheets that can be shared on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
  • Public Service Announcements that can be adapted for radio or broadcast media.
  • Tools  for community workers to identify at-risk families and provide remote parenting support. 

The resources can be adapted to change the design, and add links to local child helplines, response and support services. They have been used in innovative ways such as TV and radio shows, in moderated WhatsApp groups, on websites, and delivered with food parcels. 

The group has also developed the resources into illustrated comics, parenting song (which can be translated into any language) radio scripts and community leaders pack. There are also Videos of relatable people sharing parenting advice that can be shared over text message, on social media or played in places where parents are already gathering.

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Video(s)

Parenting song