The “Behind the Door” campaign, led jointly in Crooatia by the Ministry of the Interior, the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center and the Degordian Agency, aims to make all of us citizens aware not to turn our heads and to report the violence that is taking place nearby. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center and the police continue to work on the prevention of violent and abusing events that destroy lives and take away carelessness from the children's faces, but in these exceptional circumstances of social distancing and prolonged stay at their homes, we need help from the whole society - citizens, neighbours, acquaintances, the child's closest surroundings, and the media.
The free brochure Cards For Rainy Days (and Social Distancing) created by Center’s psychologist Tea Brezinšćak, has been a great success. In just twenty days since we have offered 55 family activities that connect and build psychological resilience as part of psychological support for parents and children, it was read and downloaded over 13,000 times on our site for free. Another 5,000 readers reached them through social networks and other websites, which offered them for download, such as 24sata.hr and roditelji.hr and numerous elementary schools and kindergartens.Read more →
The global coronavirus pandemic will surely leave psychological consequences and is having an impact already. It is expected that some children and young people may develop more serious psychological consequences in the form of a stress response, an adjustment disorder or even a post-traumatic stress disorder. It is the result of exposure to stress and fear due to the uncertainty that is accompanying the growing coronavirus pandemic worldwide. Overwhelming media news with negative outcomes (news about hundreds and hundreds of people dying daily from neighboring and nearby European countries) is contributing to uncertainty, while at the same time misinformation from various online sources that claim this is a seasonal flu variant that is dangerous only to the elderly, reduce the severity of the situation.Read more →
As mental health professionals, we are focused these days on supporting all children and parents in coping with the COVID-19 virus health crisis. However, children differ in their characteristics, in the number of adverse experiences while growing up, in the way they are coping with stress and the availability of support they have.Read more →
Learning critical thinking skills can be of great benefit for young people as they grow up. By developing critical thinking, we encourage children and young people to be less passive but also to be more tolerant and empathetic when consuming online content. Also, they will understand easier that we can't trust everything that is written. Later in life, children who have developed critical thinking will make decisions that will bring them more positive outcomes with ease, they'll be more independent, won't hesitate to fight for themselves, while respecting the autonomy of others.Read more →
Mental health professionals from our Center asked the young people they work with how they cope with the corona virus restrictions on leaving home. They asked them what they do while they are indoors. Among the answers below some are from members of Center`s Youth Bord, all united in the hashtags: #stayhome #heretoeachotherRead more →
The parents section on show "Dobro jutro, Hrvatska" on Croatian Television, was dedicated to topics about the dangers of coronavirus on children and how to organize family life with young children in new circumstances and were aired on March 18, 2020. The expert interlocutors were psychologist Mia Roje Đapić on behalf of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center; Head of the Institute for Infectious Diseases of Children, Prof. Goran Tešović, PhD, Specialist in pediatric infectology, Intensive care subspecialist, and artist Latica Vitez who demonstrated some of the creative games for children. Here are some of the most informative parenting tips provided by guest experts:
Members of the Crisis Board of the Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center, Deputy director, Prim. Assist. prof. Vanja Slijepčević Saftić, PhD-MD, Specialist pediatrician, Subpecialist in pediatric neurology, and psychologist Ella Selak Bagarić made a guest appearance on Croatian Television's show "Dobar dan Hrvatska" on March 18, 2020, where they gave numerous tips on how parents can protect children from corona viruses - medically and psychologically, why forget about stuffed toys for a while, what are the risks of getting sick in different age groups of children, how to explain to adolescents the real dangers and encourage them to agree not to go outside during this period, set boundaries.... Here's the transcript: