Happy International Day of Families

15 May marks the International Day of Families. The day is an initiative from the United Nations (UN) and focuses on raising awareness of issues relating to families and increasing the knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families. 

Date 2022-05-15 Author BIK Team Section awareness, news Topic media literacy/education Audience children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and professionals
Father with his two children looking at a laptop

The day was first celebrated in 1993, but already in the 1980s, the UN started focussing on family issues. In a resolution on the Role of the Family in the Development Process in 1983, the UN Secretary-General was asked to draw attention to the problems and needs of families, and how to meet those needs. Two years after, the Council asked the Secretary-General to start a process of developing worldwide awareness of the issues involved. In a resolution in 1989, the General Assembly announced 1989 as the International Year of the Family. 

In 1993, the General Assembly officially decided in another resolution that 15 May of every year should be observed as The International Day of Families. According to the UN, “This day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of family issues and to increase the knowledge of the social, economic, and demographic processes affecting families.” 

Families and urbanization 

This year, the theme of the International Day of Families is Families and Urbanization, to raise more recognition for the value of sustainable, family-friendly urban policies. According to the UN, “urbanization is one of the most important megatrends shaping our world and the life and wellbeing of families worldwide and related to the achievement of three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets. These SDGs and their targets depend on how well urbanization is managed towards benefitting families and enhancing the well-being of all generations living in cities.” 

Better Internet for Kids for International Day of Families 

Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we recognise the role of families in the online world, for example, the family unit working together to ensure all members of the family can use the internet safely and responsibly. If you are interested in the topic, we recommend reading the following resources: 

For more information, you can contact your national helpline for further information, guidance and support. Helplines provide information, advice and assistance to children, youth and parents on how to deal with harmful content, harmful contact and harmful conduct. Or visit BIK’s webpage that focuses on parents and carers.  

Learn more about the International Day of Families on the website of the United Nations and keep an eye on #InternationalDayOfFamilies on social media.   

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