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Workshops and competitions on Sharjah Child-Friendly Office's social media platforms to inform families and ensure their safety and well-being.

By Purva Grover

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Published: Thu 23 Apr 2020, 12:10 PM

Last updated: Thu 23 Apr 2020, 2:17 PM

The Sharjah Child Friendly Office (SCFO) has launched 'Parenting and Covid-19' , an awareness campaign to support parents and families as they help their children deal with various new issues stemming from being restricted to home as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Based on recommendations of international organisations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), among others, the campaign draws information from reliable sources to promote positive practices and educate families about misinformation or fake news.

Dr Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, Executive Director of SCFO, said, "In these extraordinary times, we find ourselves adjusting to a new normal. The pandemic has added tremendous responsibility on every parent in the world, as they do their best to safeguard their children - from ensuring their safety to assisting them with homeschooling, patiently answering the many questions children may have related to the pandemic, and staying with them around the clock - parents are having to do all this and a lot more."

The campaign offers key tips on how parents can talk to their children about the crisis, guidance on how to ensure their physical, mental and emotional well-being. It also offers suggestions on different activities that can be undertaken as a family to boost parent-child relationships.

Join the campaign's sessions and interactive talks via SCFO's social media accounts @sharjahchildfriendly

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