Keeping Homes Safe for Our Children
As Singapore fights against COVID-19, we are starting to feel the negative effects of the pandemic. Jobs are lost, wages are cut, and these have caused increased levels of stress and tension among family members. The Police revealed a 22% increase in family violence related reports in the first month since the circuit breaker started on 7 April. As a result, some children may find themselves in unsafe situations at home. As educators, friends, relatives, neighbours, parents or caregivers, we can all play our part to protect children from harm. Read more about early warning signs and tips on what you can do.
A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe at Home
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many families more vulnerable. We have also seen a rise in family conflicts and violence in Singapore during this period. Children are impacted too. They may witness violence, face abuse or suffer neglect. The risks are higher as they are stuck in confined spaces, unable to tell someone and are not as visible in the community.
This tip sheet aims to help children recognise their body warning signs when they feel unsafe, and provides advice to help them stay safe. If you are feeling concerned about a child whom you know, stay connected with him or her during this time, and share this resource with them.
Tips for Parents and Caregivers on Supporting Children Emotionally
With the COVID-19 situation, children’s worlds seemed to have shrunk rapidly within a short span of time. Schools are temporarily closed, learning is happening at home, and children are unable to go out as freely as before.
Some children have been calling and chatting with Tinkle Friend, a helpline and online chat service for children operated by the Singapore Children’s Society. They are telling us about their big feelings, such as feeling worried, anxious, upset and being bored.
We share some of these common emotions that children are feeling, and provide some tips for parents and caregivers to support children to rise above this storm.
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Tinkle Friend BUZZ COVID-19 Issue
This issue of Tinkle Friend BUZZ Newsletter provides information about the COVID-19 situation in a child-friendly manner. Caregivers and educators can make use of this publication to explain common terms to children and open up a conversation with them.
BUZZ Newsletter is a publication by the team behind the Tinkle Friend service. Tinkle Friend is a national toll-free helpline (1800 2744 788) and chatline for all primary-school-aged children in Singapore. Tinkle Friend provides support, advice, and information to lonely and distressed children, especially in situations when their parents or main caregivers are unavailable. Click here to read on.