ChildHood USA Resources – Programs and Services


Enough Abuse is a multi-state initiative working to prevent child sexual abuse by building state and local partnerships, educating parents and concerned adults, training professionals, promoting prevention policies in schools and youth organizations, and advocating for legislation to prevent sexual abuse, ensure justice for survivors, and accountability for abusers.

Enough Abuse has developed the Parent Resource Guide, “Caring for Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond” and the Student Safety Poster which schools can localize and distribute online to students so they know how to reach out for help if they feel unsafe in their homes.  Its Pledge to Prevent online action campaign supports citizens everywhere to take specific achievable actions to prevent child sexual abuse in their homes and communities.


NEW: COVID-19 PARENTING TIPS FOR CHILD ONLINE SAFETY

Together with global leaders UNICEF, WHO, CDC and others, Childhood USA have developed important COVID-19 Parenting Tips for Keeping Children Safe Online. 


The official site of the NYC Mayor’s office provides information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including symptoms, risks, prevention, where to get help and advice for residents and businesses.


NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE TO END DOMESTIC AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

ENDGBV develops policies and programs, provides training and prevention education, conducts research and evaluations, performs community outreach, and operates the New York City Family Justice Centers. They collaborate with City agencies and community stakeholders to ensure access to inclusive services for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence (GBV). GBV can include intimate partner and family violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking


NYC HOPE

NYC Family Justice Centers (FJC) provide free and confidential assistance for individuals experiencing domestic or gender-based violence, which can include intimate partner and family violence, elder abuse, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. Services are provided regardless of your age, income, sexual orientation, gender identity, language spoken, or immigration status.


NYC WELL

NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.


UNICEF

UNICEF provides information on how to talk to your children about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) offering tips to help and protect children.


STOP IT NOW!

Stop It Now! prevents the sexual abuse of children by mobilizing adults, families and communities to take actions that protect children before they are harmed.

Stop It Now! provides resources for parents during this COVID-19 pandemic, sharing how parents can find safe emergency childcare for children.  


The STEWARDS OF CHILDREN PREVENTION TOOLKIT is an important tool in the fight against child sexual abuse. The SOC app works by educating adults on how to protect children and includes videos, checklists, quizzes and links to relevant resources that users can quickly access. Users of the app will be able to find out facts about the sexual abuse of children, how to minimize the risks of sexual abuse, how to report sexual abuse and seek help when a disclosure has been made.


STAY SAFE ONLINE

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) website provides instruction and direct links on how to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.


ConnectSafely is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. They have created a collection of clearly written guidebooks by parents for parents that demystify apps, services, and platforms popular with kids and teens.


SafeKids provides parents with guidelines for chat room safety.

Dangers exist for children on the Internet, especially in a chat room. While millions of children engage in chat and instant messaging every day and the overwhelming majority are not victimized, SafeKids provides parents with helpful chat room safety tips to minimize the risk to children.


The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children is a public-private collaboration that includes United Nations agencies, governments, industry, regional bodies, civil society, young people, advocates and champions focused on making the world safe for children. Their webpage Protecting Children during the COVID-19 Outbreak provides a number of relevant resources to help protect children from COVID-19 and the related risks of violence.


Darkness to Light is a non-profit that empowers adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Their work is guided by a vision of a world free from child sexual abuse in which adults form prevention-oriented communities that protect a child’s right to a healthy childhood.

D2L, together with partners hosted a live webinar, PROTECTING CHILDREN DURING A CRISIS which provides discussion on topics and issues individuals in youth-serving organizations and parents and caregivers are experiencing in child protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can learn more about how to meet the basic needs of children, the consequences stay at home orders have on children and how adults can adapt to protect kids from abuse, how to make online experiences safer, the reality of decreased reporting, and caring for the mental health of children, adults, and families.


FAMILY ONLINE SAFETY INSTITUTE

Need help talking with your kids about online safety? Want to know about parental controls? Looking for a simple set of rules to use with your children? FOSI’s Good Digital Parenting provides you with videos, tip sheets, resources, blogs, and more. FOSI brings together the best safety messages, tools and methods to reach parents, children, and caregivers. They actively work to educate and inform governments, regulators, industry, and media around the world on a balanced approach to child online safety.


CHILDHELP

Through treatment programs like advocacy centers and group homes designed to help children affected by child abuse, and prevention programs, Childhelp works to educate children and aid in the prevention of child abuse.


Thinkuknow is a U.K. based organization that aims to keep children and young people safe by providing education about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, ensuring that everyone—children, young people, their parents and caregivers and the professionals who work with them— have access to information. The Thinkuknow website provides educational resources, including films, cartoons and lesson plans, to help professionals raise young people’s awareness.


Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organization that aims to empower parents and carers to keep children safe in the digital world by providing practical advice to help children manage the risks they may face online.


Better Internet for Kids

The vision behind the BIK platform is to create a better internet for children and young people–to foster the exchange of knowledge, expertise, resources, and best practices between key online safety stakeholders, including industry, in order to increase access to high-quality content for children and young people, step up awareness and empowerment, create a safe environment for children online, and fight against child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.


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NetSmartz

NetSmartz is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.