PROTECTING CHILDREN DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

RESOURCES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. As we continue to navigate this rapidly evolving situation, it is essential to stay informed on the latest news, updates and resources about the virus and its effect on children. As a global partnership, End Violence is here to share the latest evidence, data and information to protect children from COVID-19 and the related risk of violence.

COVID-19 is having both short-term and far-reaching implications for our families, friends and colleagues. It also has an impact on our work, and will affect the achievement of our shared vision of a world without violence against children. As the 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.

To remain up-to-date, please visit the websites of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, where you can find trusted, evidence-based information and materials. 

In addition, you will find more materials from our 400+ partners across the world below. Check this page regularly to access a continued stream of resources as the situation evolves, and view and use our social media kit to share messages widely with your audiences. Both of these resources will be updated daily as the situation evolves.

If you would like to share resources with the End Violence community, please send them to Elissa at elissa.miolene@end-violence.org.

Practice healthy parenting to get through the crisis. 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.

  • One-on-one timeSchool shutdown is also a chance to make better relationships with our children and teenagers. One-on-One time is free and fun. It makes children feel loved and secure and shows them that they are important.
  • Keeping positiveIt's hard to feel positive when our kids or teenagers are driving us crazy. We often end up saying “Stop doing that!” But children are much more likely to do what we ask if we give them positive instructions and lots of praise for what they do right.
  • Structure upCOVID-19 has taken away our daily work, home and school routines. This is hard for children, teenagers and for you. Making new routines can help.
  • Bad behaviourAll children misbehave. It is normal when children are tired, hungry, afraid, or learning independence. And they can drive us crazy when stuck at home.
  • Keep calm and manage stressThis is a stressful time. Take care of yourself so you can support your children.
  • Talking about COVID-19Be willing to talk. They will already have heard something. Silence and secrets do not protect our children. Honesty and openness do. Think about how much they will understand. You know them best.

Share these tips widely with your social channels by using our social media messages, which can be downloaded on the sidebar to the right of this text. 

Talk to children about COVID-19. Use this guide, which was developed by UNICEF, and this guide, which was developed by the WHO and partners, to speak to children about the virus and its current and potential impact. 

  • Use this new comic book produced by National Public Radio to help children understand the outbreak and how it is affecting those they love. Available in both English and Chinese (simplified). 
  • Print out this colouring book, which your children can colour while they learn about COVID-19. It was created by Together at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
  • Access this children's book for Spanish-speakers, which was created by Fundacion Azulado in Ecuador.

Keep positive by showing your children how other young people are coping with isolation. On this page, you can see how young people are continuing to learn, hope and grow amidst the crisis. 

Cope with stress during the outbreak. The WHO has released two helpful resources for coping with stress regarding COVID-19: one for adults and another for children.

Protect children's safety online with resources from:

Solve for school closures by accessing distance learning solutions.

  • Save the Children has created weekly learning activities for young children, children from kindergarten to age 1, and children from grades 2 to 6, along with learning activities for the entire family. Access these activities and a multitude of other resources on the organization's dedicated COVID-19 page.
  • UNESCO has a list of up-to-date educational applications and platforms to facilitate student learning at home or away from school.
  • Access hundreds of free animated lessons for children from TED-Ed. If you're an educator, learn more about how to create your own TED-Ed lessons. And check out this helpful round-up of TED-Ed lessons about understanding the outbreak of a virus.
  • PBS Kids is offering resources for online learning targeting children from age 2-8.
  • National Geographic Kids provides learning experiences for children of all ages. 
  • Khan Academy has created schedules for parents to support their children at home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit their website for resources and schedules for children of all ages. 
  • Scholastic is offering day-by-day projects to keep children learning and growing at home. There are various activities by age, from children in preschool to those in ninth grade. 
  • TypingClub offers free activities for children age 7 and up to improve their typing abilities.

Entertain your children through Education for Justice (E4J), UNODC's initiative to help parents support and entertain their children at home. UNODC has launched programming for children, al lof which is available in a multitude of languages. This package includes: 

  • The Zorbs, an animated video series that tells the story of an imaginary planet and its inhabitants who overcome a range of challenges thanks to core values and skills promoted under E4J.
  • Zorbify, a comic creator tool that encourages children to build meaningful stories in an engaging, creative way. 
  • The Zorbs lesson plans, which include family activities to do together with children
  • the Zorbs comic books, colouring books, and a children's book
  • Chuka, a mobile game addressing gender-based violence, along with an accompaniying parents' guide and comic book
  • The Online Zoo, a book on online safety for children

Keep children active and physically healthy through virtual resources, including:

  • GoNoodle, which offers free movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. 
  • Review and add to this shared list of activities compiled by parents, for parents. This list can be sorted by age, degree of parental involvement, educational benefit, screen time, cost and more. 

Know who to call for help. Stress, health outcomes and economic pressure could lead to an increase in domestic violence and child abuse. Child Helpline International is a worldwide network of 173 helplines across the world. On their website, you can search for the helpline in your country and call to raise child protection issues with national authorities.

Speak to a crisis counsellor within the US, Canada and the UK. The Crisis Text Line is available to help individuals dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, providing free 24/7 support to those who need it. 

Create a safety plan to lower your risk of being hurt by a partner by using this interactive safety planning tool from Love is Respect.

Access helplines to address child protection issues. Child Helpline International is a worldwide network of 173 helplines across the world. On their website, you can search for the helpline in your country and call that number to raise child protection issues with national authorities.

Consider the mental health and psychosocial effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and access resources on supporting those most at-risk. The WHO has released a briefing on how to protect our mental health during this challenging time, particularly the mental health of those most at-risk: health workers, the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions. For more information:

Prevent and address COVID-19 stigma. Read a guide released by UNICEF, the WHO and the IRFC on reducing stigma related to COVID-19.

Check only trusted sources to find out more about the virus, its spread and its impact, and visit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 digital platform to remain up-to-date.

Watch for symptoms and alert your health care provider if you start to develop signs of COVID-19. On the CDC’s COVID-19 digital platform, you can download child-friendly guides to better understand the first symptoms of the virus and what to do if you develop them.  

Stay informed on the virus' spread. Read UNICEF's Global Situation Report No. 1 (Novel Coronavirus).

Keep yourself – and your children – safe. UNICEF has collected a number of resources to inform individuals, parents and children about COVID-19. Visit their digital platform for the latest updates and explainer videos.

Share information on COVID-19 and its impact on children using End Violence's social media kit, which is updated daily. Access the kit here.

HUMANITARIAN SETTINGS

Strengthen your response amidst the outbreak. The COVID-19 Learning Pathway, which was created by Save the Children, aims to enable humanitarians, including local responders, to be best equipped to respond to the global pandemic. This resource will help strengthen online technical capacity strengthening programmes, build online soft skills and remote working capacity strengthening programmes, and more. 

Access resources through the Child Protection Hub. The Child Protection Hub for South-East Europe has created a platform to house resources for humanitarian actors working amidst the COVID-19 crisis. View this platform for webinars, guidance, and technical tips to protect children. 

Safeguarding in humanitarian settings. This course will build your understanding of what safeguarding is in the humanitarian and development sector. It will look at a diverse range of safeguarding issues affecting the vulnerable groups we serve and focus on the 'non-negotiables for conduct' in safeguarding. 

Respond to child protection risks during COVID-19. The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action has released a technical note to support child protection practitioners in better responding to child protection risks during the pandemic. For more information:

  • Download this article on including marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
  • Read this guidance document from IASC on scaling-up readiness and response operations to the COVID-19 outbreak in refugee and internally displaced person camps

Navigate gender-based violence in humanitarian settings amidst the outbreak. The GBV AoR's Regional Emergency GBV advisor team is leading a six-week webinar, available in both English and French, to provide technical support to practitioners during the COVID-19 outbreak. This webinar series will focus on the impact of the virus on women and girls, with a focus on GBV risks in east and southern Africa. Visit their website for more resources. 

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GENDER & VIOLENCE

Learn about the emerging gender impacts of COVID-19. Across the world, we are already seeing the effects of COVID-19 from a gendered lens. 

  • In Asia, we are already seeing how COVID-19 has uniquely affected women. Read this brief, published by GiHA, to learn more. 
  • An article published by the Lancet on the ways COVID-19 is affecting men and women differently from a socio-economic standpoint. 

OTHER TRAININGS & RESOURCES

Prevent and control COVID-19 in schools.New guidance has been issued to help protect children from COVID-19 and support safe school operations. The guidance provides critical considerations and practical checklists to keep schools safe, and advises national and local authorities on how to adapt and implement emergency plans for educational facilities.

Boost preparedness within the United Nations system. To assist UN country teams in scaling-up preparedness and response to COVID-19, the WHO released a COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to guide responses within countries.

Access real-time training to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The WHO has released a multitude of training courses to prepare medical professionals and other practitioners to respond to the outbreak. 

Access the Coronavirus Tech Handbook, a crowdsourced resource for technologists. This platform, which was created by the London College of Political Technologists, it features everything from tips for remote working to tools for data visualisation and fighting misinformation.