Children reading from an ipad

As the Covid-19 virus continues to spread across the world, we are all facing multiple new stresses, including physical and psychological health risks, school and business closures, family confinement, isolation and economic vulnerability. Through all of that, children are particularly vulnerable.

For example, high-stress home environments will increase the likelihood of domestic violence and abuse that children either experience or observe. As children continue to spend time at home, they will undoubtedly live more of their lives online -- and adults working remotely could more easily connect with children and consume child sexual abuse material. In addition, over time, economic vulnerability may lead to increases in child labour, child marriage and many other child protection issues. 

As we continue to navigate this rapidly evolving situation, it is essential to stay informed on the latest news, updates and resources around the virus and its effect on children. As a global partnership, we are here to share the latest evidence, data and information to protect children from Covid-19 and the related risk of violence. 

Parenting in the time of COVID-19

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so. Download covid-19 parenting tips  below.

Helping children cope with stress during the Covid-19 outbreak

Children may respond to stress in different ways, they need adults' love and attention during difficult times. Give them extra time and attention. Download the resource below on how to help children cope with stress during covid-19 outbreak 

You can contact the British Council Child Protection focal point

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