COVID-19 Parenting Tips

Over a billion children are unable to attend school as a result of the coronavirus. Data from previous health emergencies suggest children are 3 times more likely to be exposed to violence during prolonged periods of children being in either unsafe or unsupervised environments.  Parenting for Lifelong Health, the parenting program recommended in the WWO Roadmap, has produced easy-to-distribute parenting tips in over 50 languages.  WWO assisted in translating half of the available languages and endorses these tips as effective in helping strengthen families and prevent violence against children.

What can Faith Leaders do to Prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Check out these 3 practical and well tested steps that YOU can take to help keep your churches and communities safe.


WWO’s 2020 June Webinar Series

Practical Tools for Working with Vulnerable Children and Families During COVID-19 and Beyond.

Through these four 1-hour webinars, WWO’s Ruby Johnston, L.S.W and Dr. Susan Hillis will introduce critical topics that will help you serve in a healthy and effective capacity. In these sessions you will learn from evidence-based materials that will equip you in your work with vulnerable and at-risk children and families.

Learn more

Stress Busters During Crisis

Ruby Johnston, part of WWO’s Global Leadership team, has been putting her quarantine time to creative use by creating short video teachings to help leaders, parents, and caregivers manage stressors during COVID-19. She has already created 8 short videos, and more are in the works!

Download the Parenting Tips in English

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COVID-19 Significantly Increases the Vulnerability of Children

UNESCO reports that over a billion children are unable to attend school because well over 100 nations have closed their schools nationally or locally, due to coronavirus. Never before have we witnessed an impact of this magnitude on children globally. Data from previous health emergencies, as well as from Wuhan (the epicenter of COVID-19), suggest children are 3 times more likely to be exposed to violence during prolonged periods of children being in either unsafe or unsupervised environments.

We are already hearing from our Regional Ambassadors in Brazil, Paraguay, Romania and other parts of the world about the heightened risks for the children and families in their communities and are recognizing that efforts are needed to prevent harm to children. We can all consider the children we know who are impacted by these school closures and whether they are being supervised by a responsible adult. Let’s keep in mind the ways we may be able to help keep children safe in these days.

As we see these unprecedented times, let us join together in praying and working together for the orphaned and at risk children in our cities and in the nations around the world.

Praying with you,
Karmen Friesen
WWO Principal Coordinator