19 June 2024

3 ways you can help your teen manage screen time

Have a teen who seems tied to their screen? Dr. Lisa Damour, psychologist, mother and best-selling author, shares three ways you can help your teen create healthy screen time habits. Watch the video or read the tips below . Watch more quick tip videos from Dr. Lisa Damour on ways to support your teen., 3 ways you can help your teen manage screen time, It's not always easy for kids to manage how much time they're spending on screens, especially when they're engaged with social media or video games, as these are engineered to make it very hard for teens to pull away. I'm Dr. Lisa Damour, psychologist, author and mom. Here are three things adults can do to help teens find a healthy balance on how…, 1. Be curious about how your teen feels about technology, Teens rely on screens for all sorts of things, from watching documentaries to learning from how-to videos, to interacting with their friends. Conversations with teens about how they use their devices are almost always more successful when we start from a place of curiosity. Find out what your teen enjoys about using tech and what they don't like…, 2. Don't let time spent on screens replace other activities, Rather than being against your teen using screens be for your teen engaging in activities that support healthy development. Teens who are spending plenty of time focused on their schoolwork, enjoying in-person interactions, helping out around the house or the community and being physically active tend to have the healthiest, most balanced…, 3. Model healthy screen use, Teens pay attention to what adults do at least as much as they listen to what we say. Adopting healthy screen use habits for yourself will help your teen to do the same, and it will make it easier for you to enforce your screen time rules. For example, you can say to your teen, "I don't keep technology in my room overnight because it gets in the…
16 April 2024


In Latin America and the Caribbean, violence has become part of the everyday life of children and adolescents.  Our region is considered one of the most violent in the world. It is time to stop the cycle of violence. Logo reads violence generates more violence #CutTheViolence List by countries Helplines | How does violence get hidden? |…, Violence is always violence, Violence does not occur in isolation. Acts of violence should not be treated as stand-alone incidents but as events rooted in the lives of children and adolescents. Violence is a cycle that generates more violence.   Children and adolescents who experience violence are more likely than others to experience other types of violence later in life or…, How does violence get hidden?, There are many ways of justifying and thereby hiding violence. If people can make it seem natural, it will carry on happening.  It can be disguised as affection, custom, or a form of parenting or education. It might even be disguised as a practice within sports, fashion, music, or a challenge on social media, among many other things.  It also…, What do you need to know about violence to make it stop?, There are three forms of violence: Sexual violence. Violent death, especially as a result of armed violence. Corporal punishment and psychological aggression, used as disciplinary methods. Definitions: Violent discipline  Corporal punishment  Severe corporal punishment Psychological aggression  Any corporal punishment or psychological aggression.…, What we need to do?, To end violence against children in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF urges governments to:   Adopt laws that fully prohibit corporal punishment in all settings. Amend national legislation to align with international standards regarding the criminalization of child sexual abuse and exploitation and protection of child victims. Invest in…, Parenting tips
16 April 2024

Parenting in the digital world. How can you keep your child safe online

As your child grows, it is likely they are spending more and more time online. There are so many positive things about being online like staying connected with friends and family, pursuing interests, and being part of communities. But it is not always a safe and positive experience for children. Here's how you can help your child maximize all the…, 1. Set clear ground rules, Have honest conversations with your children about who they communicate with and how, and who can see what they post online.  Explain that anything that goes online – pictures, videos, comments, things they share with others and what others post and share with them and about them – leaves behind a trail of information about them. To make sure they…, 2. Use technology to protect them, Check that your child’s device is always updated and running the latest software, and that privacy settings are on and configured to minimize data collection so that people don’t see any information that you don’t want them to see. Help your child learn to keep personal information private. If your privacy settings are not secure, anyone can see…, 3. Spend time with them online, Create opportunities for your child to have safe and positive online interactions with friends, family and you. Connecting with others can be an excellent opportunity for you to model kindness and empathy in virtual interactions. Help your child recognize and avoid misinformation and disinformation, age-inappropriate content and content that can…, 4. Model healthy online habits, Promote positive online behaviour by practicing it yourself. Be mindful of the example you set and what you share online about your child, including their photos and videos. Encourage your child to be kind online and to support friends and family by sending positive messages or emojis. If they have classes online, encourage them to be respectful…, 5. Let them have fun and express themselves, Spending time online can be a great opportunity for your children to be creative, learn, use their voices to share their views and support causes that are important to them. Encourage your child to use resources on the internet to help them get up and get moving, like online exercise videos for children and video games that require physical…
12 April 2024

How to talk to your children about hate speech

👉 Follow us on WhatsApp Channels: Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Hub  to get daily tips. You might also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short masterclasses for parents…, Hate speech facts, What is hate speech?, Hate speech can be described as any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour that attacks or discriminates against a person or group’s identity, such as religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, colour, descent, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation. Hate speech can also include other “identity factors”, like language, economic…, How are children affected by hate speech?, Children and young people are particularly vulnerable to hate speech, both online and in person. When children hear or read hate speech aimed at them directly or a part of their identity – such as their race, colour or gender – it can make them feel like there is something different or wrong about them. This can impact their self-esteem and can…, Hate speech vs free speech, Freedom of expression is a human right and tackling hate speech protects this right. It’s possible to disagree with or criticize an individual or group without threatening their well-being and safety. Hate speech limits freedom of expression as those targeted by hateful language do not feel safe expressing themselves freely., What is trolling?, “Trolling” is when someone posts or comments online to provoke a reaction from others. Trolling aims to disrupt, get attention and cause distress. It becomes hate speech when the actions promote hatred and discrimination against a person or group’s identity, such as their gender, race or sexual orientation. People involved in trolling will often…, How to talk to your children about hate speech, Conversations about issues like hate, racism, sexism and xenophobia can be uncomfortable for many parents. But it is important to try to create a safe space for your child to be able to speak to you and share anything that is on their mind. Conversations will look different for every family, but remember: You know your child best. Use age-…, 1. Educating your child about hate speech, Explain to your child that everyone has a right to be safe in society and treated with dignity and respect. Hate speech is always wrong and it’s on all of us to reject it. Explore together what hate speech is, so your child can identify it, whether it happens to them or someone else. Here are some questions you can explore together: What do you…, 2. Hate speech online, The Internet and social media enable us to connect with friends and family, pursue interests and be part of communities. Sadly, the same digital tools and platforms can also enable hateful content to be created easily, often anonymously, and shared widely fast. Hate speech has the potential to spread online to a global audience and can resurface…, 3. Talk openly and frequently to your children, The more you talk to your children about topics like hate speech, racism and xenophobia, the more comfortable they will be to come to you if they experience it. Find opportunities to talk about these topics in your daily routine. For example, if something relevant comes up on TV, you could ask your child what they know about the topic and what…, 4. Stand against hate speech, Remember that you are the example that your child follows and be mindful of your own words and actions, including online. Take every opportunity to reject hate speech and stand up for every person's right to be treated with dignity and respect. Explain to your child that if we witness hate speech, we can show support to the person or people…, 5. Embrace diversity, Explain to your child that we aren’t all the same and that is a good thing. The world would be a very boring place if everyone was the same. Encouraging openness and curiosity can help children to notice differences and appreciate them. It fosters conversation, understanding and empathy with people who are different from them. > Read: Talking…, What should I do if my child experiences hate speech?, All children have the right to protection from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse. Any incidents of hate speech need to be taken very seriously. Depending on the situation, you may need to report it to your child’s school, to the platform it happened on or to the police.  , Listen and reassure, If your child has experienced hate speech, the first step is to give them time to explain what happened. Listen carefully and tell them that you are glad they came to you. Focus on making them feel heard and supported. Your child is more likely to open up to you if you stay calm about what you hear. Be clear that hate speech is wrong and that your…, Hate speech at your child’s school, If the hate speech was from a student at your child’s school, record the evidence if possible and report it to the school. Discuss with the school authorities how they will protect your child’s right to be safe, as well as what consequences there will be for the sender of the hate speech. Discipline should always be immediate, non-violent and…, Hate speech from someone outside your child’s school, If the hate speech is from someone outside your child’s school, document any evidence and consider reporting it to the police. Don’t hesitate to speak to the police if you have any concerns for your child’s safety.  , Hate speech online, Record the evidence and report it to the social media platform. Check what tools are available on the platform/s to block or restrict the sender. Here are reporting and safety resources for many popular platforms: Facebook Instagram Kik Snapchat TikTok Tumblr WeChat WhatsApp X (formerly Twitter) YouTube
13 January 2024

Strategies to end violence against children

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Ending violence against children, Ending violence against children 1-Ending violence against children UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Ending violence against children 2-Ending violence against children UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Ending violence against children 3-Ending violence against children UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Ending violence against children 5-Ending violence against children…, Nurturing the well-being of parents and caregivers, Nurturing 2-2-Nurturing UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Nurturing 2-3-Nurturing UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Nurturing 2-4-Nurturing UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Nurturing 2-5-Nurturing UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Nurturing 2-6-Nurturing UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Nurturing 2-7-Nurturing UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 Nurturing 2-8-Nurturing UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023…, We can all contribute to end violence against children, contribute 5-1-contribute UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 contribute 5-2-contribute UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 contribute 5-3-contribute UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 contribute 5-4-contribute UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 contribute 5-5-contribute UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 contribute 5-6-contribute UNICEF LACRO/Daviron/2023 contribute contribute contribute…
19 October 2023

How to talk to your children about conflict and war

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, 1. Find out what they know and how they feel, Choose a time and place when you can bring it up naturally and your child is more likely to feel comfortable talking freely, such as during a family meal. Try to avoid talking about the topic just before bedtime. A good starting point is to ask your child what they know and how they are feeling. Some children might know little about what is…, 2. Keep it calm and age-appropriate, Children have a right to know what’s going on in the world, but adults also have a responsibility to keep them safe from distress. You know your child best. Use age-appropriate language, watch their reactions, and be sensitive to their level of anxiety. It is normal if you feel sad or worried about what is happening as well. But keep in mind that…, 3. Spread compassion, not stigma, Conflict can often bring with it prejudice and discrimination, whether against a people or country. When talking to your children, avoid labels like “bad people” or “evil” and instead use it as an opportunity to encourage compassion, such as for the families forced to flee their homes. Even if a conflict is happening in a distant country, it can…, 4. Focus on the helpers, It’s important for children to know that people are helping each other with acts of courage and kindness. Find positive stories, such as the first responders assisting people, or young people calling for peace. The sense of doing something, no matter how small, can often bring great comfort. See if your child would like to participate in taking…, 5. Close conversations with care, As you end your conversation, it’s important to make sure that you are not leaving your child in a state of distress. Try to assess their level of anxiety by watching their body language, considering whether they’re using their usual tone of voice and watching their breathing. Remind them that you care and that you’re there to listen and support…, 6. Continue to check in, As news of the conflict continues, you should continue to check in with your child to see how they’re doing. How are they feeling? Do they have any new questions or things they would like to talk about with you? If your child seems worried or anxious about what’s happening, keep an eye out for any changes in how they behave or feel, such as…, 7. Limit the flood of news, Be mindful of how exposed your children are to the news while it's full of alarming headlines and upsetting images. Consider switching off the news around younger children. With older children, you could use it as an opportunity to discuss how much time they spend consuming news and what news sources they trust. Also consider how you talk about…, 8. Take care of yourself, You’ll be able to help your kids better if you’re coping, too. Children will pick up on your own response to the news, so it helps them to know that you are calm and in control. If you’re feeling anxious or upset, take time for yourself and reach out to other family, friends and trusted people. Be mindful of how you’re consuming news: Try…
10 March 2022

How to build your baby's mental health

👉 Follow us on our WhatsApp channel:  Recibe información por WhatsApp UNICEF Parenting Portal  for more tips. You may also be interested in: Home Parenting  | Food and nutrition Food and nutrition  | Early learning Early learning  | Nurturing care Nurturing care  | Health Health | Security and protection Security and protection  |  Short…, Transcript of “How to build your baby's mental health: Mini Parenting Master Class” video, New babies are a lot of work, and parents experience a wide range of emotions when they have a new baby. They feel joy, frustration, fatigue and nervousness. There's no reason to be frightened of having mixed emotions about a new baby. Hi, I'm Dr. Lisa Damour, and this is my Mini Parenting Masterclass on how to build your baby's mental health.  , I’m about to become a parent. What should I expect in terms of emotions and stress?, Becoming a parent for the first time is a huge transition. It will change everything you do. Every aspect of your life will be different now. And one of the things that we know about stress is that it happens any time we have to adapt to new conditions. And adapting to a new baby is a new condition. So expect stress. That doesn't mean anything is…, At what age should I start thinking about my child’s mental health?, You should start thinking about your child's mental health right from the moment you meet. From the very beginning, your child will look to you for love, learning and safety. When you provide your child a warm and tender relationship, help them to feel protected, comfort them when they're upset and help them navigate the world, that's how you lay…, How does stress affect the emotional development of my child?, There's a stress response that gets activated when babies become frightened or they worry that someone has forgotten them or their needs aren't getting met. Our job as parents is to help them to calm that stress response. When that stress response has calmed, everything goes back to normal and your baby actually learns that the world is a safe and…, How can I learn to show affection and love to my child if I did not grow up with those things myself?, Parenting is hard. It's something that everybody has to learn how to do. And it's something that we can actually do a really good job with if we set our minds to it. There's so much to focus on in becoming a new parent. Here are the things that will make a huge difference and will help make sure that you give your child what you wish you had had…, How can I promote positive mental health in my family?, Decades of research have taught us that what children need are two things: They need home to be warm and they need to feel like people around there like them and they need life at home to be predictable. They need to know what to expect. They need a good sense of structure and reliability around them. So for the warmth part, enjoy your baby, enjoy…, Is it okay for me to show emotions like being angry or sad in front of my children?, You are your child's first teacher and your child's going to learn all about feelings from you. So when you have feelings, especially painful ones, you're going to want to think about how you express them, to express them in a way that is honest but not overwhelming or frightening. And then you're going to want to model how you manage having a…, What should I do when I feel overwhelmed?, What are some coping techniques for dealing with stress. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you should definitely take time to manage your own stress and there are lots of good ways to cope with stress to help bring it under control. First make sure you've got good social support. Everyone needs somebody to tell their worries to, and a person or a…