The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) launched a mobile application called Child Protect Mobile App to assist children and parents in need of psychosocial help. The app will facilitate connection with concerned government agencies and services.
It will cater to children who are experiencing anxiety, fear, and abuse during the pandemic. The mobile application was launched on October 26, as National Children’s Month approaches.
The Child Protect Mobile App would focus on children suffering from mental health problems. (Read: Here’s How To Spot And Manage Child Behavior Problems According To A Counselor)
Reports of abuse and anxiety
According to World Vision, children are vulnerable to stress, anxiety, fear, and abuse, especially in the ongoing pandemic.
The organization conducted a global survey, which revealed that 91% of children aged 8 to 13 are suffering from emotional distress and troubling feelings due to uncertainty and isolation brought by the COVID-19 crisis.
The study, conducted between March and April 2020, interviewed 101 children from 13 developing countries, including the Philippines. (Read: 4 Children’s Books That Inspire and Empower Little Girls)
The respondents in all 13 countries cited three major factors that significantly impacted their lives: school disruption, emotional distress due to social distancing, and rising poverty. Meanwhile, 71% of respondents reported feeling isolated and lonely as a result of school closures.
Jhie Mojica of CWC said that based on the PNP’s Women and Children Protection Center report from last year, there were 2,117 reported child abuse cases. A total of 894 experienced physical abuse, 589 reported psychological and emotional abuse, while 508 were sexually abused.
Child Protect Mobile App
The mental health problems among children are alarming and need to be addressed properly. The National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) report proves that as it recorded an increase in suicide-related calls, including those coming from children.
As part of the CWC Child Welfare Hotline System, the Child Protect Mobile App will help children and parents get immediate information and respond to their queries and concerns about their mental health. They can also report if they are experiencing abuse, whether physical, psychological, emotional, or sexual. (Read: 3 Things You Should Know About The Senate Bill Raising The Age of Sexual Consent to 16)
The app is available for free and can be downloaded through the Google Play Store. For more information, you may visit CWC’s official website.