To celebrate the children’s day on 1st October GFF HELPS Sri Lanka coordinated, an Awareness program for parents on Child development at SANASA Campus on September 27th 2023. Ms. Geethanjali Kaluarachchi, Graduate on Psychology and Mediation Officer at Yatinuwara DSD conducted the program as the resource person. In recent times, Sri Lanka has witnessed a concerning rise in the harm faced by children, largely attributed to their addiction to mobile phones. This issue has reached a critical crisis, with five tragic cases of student suicides directly linked to phone addiction. A significant contributing factor to this problem lies in the declining parent-child relationships in the country. The role of parent in guiding and nurturing their children is vital, yet these crucial connections are weakening, leaving children vulnerable and unhappy.
At the heart of the matter is the pressing concern of worried relationships between parents and their children. This friction is causing significant interruptions to the growth and well-being of Sri Lanka’s youth. To address this issue effectively, GFF Sri Lanka coordinated an awareness program to enlighten parents about the vital importance of building strong bonds with their children. The program covered essential aspects of early child development, including mental, physical, emotional, social, language, and motor skills. It stressed the importance of nurturing discipline over punitive measures, allowing children independence, refraining from depreciating minor mistakes, and maintaining open communication for a friendly relationship. Furthermore, the program addressed phone addiction and its signs, such as anxiety, declining academics, social withdrawal, anger, reduced cognitive capacity, inattention, and disrupted sleep. To combat this issue, parents were advised to encourage alternative activities, avoid using phones as rewards, supervise usage, and set passwords.