Global Day of Parents 2024

Today, Saturday, 1 June 2024, people are coming together to celebrate the Global Day of Parents, a day dedicated to highlighting the importance of parents in nurturing and protecting children. Proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, this day aims to honour parenthood globally and raise awareness of the essential role of families in our societies.

Date 2024-06-01 Author BIK Team Section awareness Topic media literacy/education Audience parents and carers
Happy Parents playing with their children

Background

During the 1980s, the United Nations highlighted family-related issues, bringing them to the forefront of international attention. The Commission for Social Development called for increased awareness of the problems and needs of families, as well as effective ways to address these needs among decision-makers and the public. In its resolution 44/82 on December 9, 1989, the General Assembly proclaimed 1994 as the International Year of the Family. Further, in resolution 47/237 of 1993, the General Assembly designated 15 May as the International Day of Families. Continuing its commitment to family welfare, the General Assembly proclaimed 1 June as the Global Day of Parents in 2012, to be observed annually in honour of parents worldwide. 

2024 Theme: The Promise of Playful Parenting 

This year's theme, "The Promise of Playful Parenting," emphasises the importance of integrating play into parenting. Playful parenting is not just about having fun; it is about building strong, healthy relationships with children through engaging and interactive activities. Throughout June, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will advocate for expert advice and support for parents on diverse topics, including the scientific foundations of play. Additionally, they will provide guidance to ensure children's online experiences are both safe and positive.
In line with the theme of playful parenting, UNICEF produced the podcast "Parenting Refreshed." This original series looks at the many different aspects of our lives since the pandemic. Leading experts from around the globe and parents share helpful tips and practical guidance on how to help children thrive in this new world. 

Better Internet for Kids for the Global Day of Parents: 

As we celebrate Global Day of Parents and the promise of playful parenting, it's essential to consider the role of the internet in children's lives. With the increasing presence of digital devices in homes, the internet has become a significant part of children's daily activities, including play. Ensuring a better internet for kids is crucial in supporting families in the digital age.

Discover more about our work and initiatives: 

  • Parents and carers are often in the best position to influence, support, educate and protect their children, both offline and online. Through the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) agenda, the European Commission (EC), Safer Internet Centres (SICs) and other stakeholders, we have dedicated a section for parents to support them and ensure children and young people use the Internet in a responsible, respectful, critical and creative way. 
  • The Romanian Safer Internet Centre helps parents understand children's and young people's social media usage. It highlights how social media platforms shape values, interests, and aspirations, from self-reflection to exploring career options and following favourite public figures. The centre also provides proactive measures to find a balance between screen time and engaging in physical activities.
  • To keep children safe from online risks; the European Commission recently published a research report, Mapping age assurance typologies and requirements, that examines various types of age assurance and outlines ten essential requirements to consider when implementing age assurance tools. 

Learn more about the Global Day of Parents on the United Nations website, and follow #GlobalDayofParents on social media.   

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