With schools and other youth-serving organizations closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, many Oregon children no longer have the safety net of teachers, counselors and other safe adults around them. With fewer eyes on children, there is less opportunity to recognize abuse when it’s happening and get kids the help they need. Already, the Oregon Child Abuse Hotline is seeing a significant decrease in child abuse reporting.
As responsible adults, it is up to us to help protect and support the children around us. We can be the safety net.
Everyone can play a role in keeping kids safer during these uncertain times. Here are some resources:
Recommendations for being homebound from ABC House’s Trauma Counseling Specialists:
The reality is that we are all experiencing a worldwide traumatic event and just as trauma affects us all differently so too will this event. Our children are experiencing this event as well and hear reports on the news or overhear adults talking about their concerns or worries. Children will ultimately worry as well. We strongly suggest that you give your children more support than you might usually. Click here to read more about the supportive measures you can take for the wellbeing of your children.
Child Safety & Well-Being for Families:
Tip Sheet: Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief
Health Care Toolbox: Helping My Child Cope with Coronavirus (COVID-19) (in English and Español)
Tips for Families with young children during the Coronavirus
The Importance of Self-Care
Child Trends: Recommendations to support and protect children’s emotional well-being during the pandemic
Darkness to Light: Taking protective steps during the coronavirus pandemic
Monique Burr Foundation for Children: Preventing child abuse during school breaks
Prevent Child Abuse America: Coronavirus resources & tips for parents, children, & others
Children’s Bureau: COVID 19 resources
Generations United: Fact sheet for grandfamilies and multigenerational families
Protect Young Eyes: 5 reminders while your kids are stuck at home
Common Sense Media: Resources for families during the coronavirus pandemic
NetSmartz: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s online safety education program
Beau Biden Foundation: Internet safety and cyberbullying prevention
ConnectSafely: A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security
Family Online Safety Institute: An international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families
UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund response to help children adjust to online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic
Wide Open School from Common Sense Media: A free online resource to support families and educators transitioning to remote learning
120 Digital Resources for Home-Schooling
If there is a child in your life that you’re worried is being harmed, please call the child abuse hotline (855-503-7233) or local law enforcement.