A new partnership initiative to support parents amid COVID-19 pandemic launched in Georgia
Tbilisi, 27 August, 2020. Reduction of psychological damage caused by the pandemic and improving parent-child communication – this is a main goal of the new partnership launched by UNICEF and the NGO “Parents for Education”.
The project aims at equipping parents with specific information and skills on how to communicate with their children and support them in coping with the stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online discussions will be held in various parent groups and forums on Facebook. The specialists will provide e-recommendations to parents on the issues identified as a result of the discussions. Child psychologists will organize webinars for parents on how to communicate with their children in a stressful environment, and internet safety experts will lead cyber safety seminars for parents on how to protect children from online threats. Online content, including video blogs on communication with children and cyber safety, will be prepared and shared across relevant parent groups and forums on Facebook.
This project will last four months and target both mothers and fathers.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and their parents are facing multiple challenges. Under the conditions of isolation and high stress, parents had to adapt to take on the roles of kindergarten and school teachers. Due to lack of time, increased responsibilities, and other issues, some parents could not successfully cope with this challenge.
The children, locked at home due to the pandemic, became even more addicted to internet games and social networks, which resulted in complicated communication, frequent conflicts, and deterioration of relationships between parents and children. It also created risks for children’s online safety.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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