The worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has forced families to spend their free time mostly at home. Staying at home usually also means spending much time using different internet connected devices. For clear reasons, children’s growing online activity can cause lots of worries to their parents.
Seniors who contract the coronavirus remain at a higher risk of developing often fatal complications and it’s possible that people could carry the virus and transmit it even if they’re not feeling ill.
According to child psychologist Sneha John, this whole issue can have both positive and negative effects on children. It all depends on how the parent handles it. There are issues of self-esteem and safety which little children should not be having to deal with.
In a kind gesture to reunite a family, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, directed to facilitate the return of two Syrian parents to the UAE after they had been stranded in Bosnia following closure of the world’s airports.
Lockdowns and closed borders imposed by governments around the world to contain the coronavirus pandemic had prevented the parents from travelling to Kiev to pick him up until now.
The Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) organised a webinar entitled “Introduction to Pivotal Response Training (PRT)”, conducted by the DAC Autism Programme Head, Nicholas Orland, on a Facebook live broadcast to target the widest possible segment of parents and professionals working in the special education sector.
Two years back, a group of young parents, in one of their bonding sessions discussed options for the protection of their children from any possible form of bullying inside classrooms and within campuses. That was the time when the social media overflowed with cases of that “act of harm, intimidation or coercion” such as in the US, Canada, the Netherlands and the Philippines. One option tackled was homeschooling or home education.
A clinical psychologist and a specialist general paediatrician believe that parents should be more engaging with their children and must have more patience and time with them to discuss their feelings to erase misconceptions or prevent worst scenarios related to the COVID-19 global outbreak.
The police have asked parents to pay attention to their children when they approach windows and balconies.
When I heard Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speak out against Florida GOP Representative Ted Yoho, I felt nothing but admiration for her eloquence and grace in response to him calling her “disgusting” and a “f****ng bitch.”