We recognize that the added stress of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Colorado, the closure of schools and child care services and social distancing places children and families at greater risk for toxic stress and child maltreatment. We need to support each other now more than ever, just from six feet away or simply checking in online, text or phone call to see how a friend is doing. You can still talk to one another, in fact it is critical that you do.
Illuminate Colorado intends to continue to support raising awareness for the prevention of child abuse next month and we will continue to promote positive messages and information through our social media channels for parents and caregivers to help navigate this situation.
Because shipping and handling of pinwheels may be impacted by this current crisis, we highly encourage you to ORDER pinwheels immediately if you plan to have pinwheels at your home or work during the month of April. We are assessing the situation daily, but there may be a disruption in shipping processes. We will update the www.copinwheelsforprevention.org website with updated information and inform pinwheels recipients if your order will not be able to be fulfilled in a timely-manner.
We encourage you to join us for the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, March 18
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
RSVP to add to your calendar and get call-in and web link.
[REGISTRATION IS CLOSED]
We will talk about ways you can get active online during child abuse prevention month and provide a space to connect with one another to learn how other communities and organizations are handling this unique circumstance.
Many of the statewide efforts during child abuse prevention month were focused on online engagement, but we understand that many local communities are canceling or reevaluating child abuse prevention month activities for April.
Communicating positive messages that support parents and children are paramount. We are offering the Strengthening Communications Network, a new FREE tool included with the download of the Pinwheels for Prevention Awareness Toolkit [TOOLKIT NO LONGER AVAILABLE] to anyone who would like to receive daily suggested content to help strengthen families, please email Illuminate Colorado Communications Director KFacchinello@illuminatecolorado.org if you would like to join or simply download the toolkit [TOOLKIT NO LONGER AVAILABLE] for child abuse prevention month to learn more.
Get prepared to get out into the community during child abuse prevention month, and all year-long, to give presentations to your local rotary, community cafes, chamber of commerce or church!
One of the best ways to gain understanding of what it’s like to experience something you yourself have never been through is to hear someone who has had that experience talk about it. Hearing personal stories of parents and volunteers has a unique kind of impact; it’s very effective in making the audience think, I have the power to prevent child abuse.
By the same token, another very effective way of really getting the point across to somebody is to have an expert, community leader or an authority present information about prevention. For example, a group of new moms may be more interested in what a pediatrician has to say than they would be in the views of a layperson, or maybe both!
Speakers can narrow the gap between talking about something and fully understanding it. For this reason, the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign in Colorado is building a speakers bureau program to promote strengthening families in the community and understanding of how everyone can prevent child maltreatment. Engaging extroverts who would like to join the Prevention Promoters Speakers Bureau should attend a 2 hour training
Volunteers, nonprofit board members and leaders, fellow advocate, experts and people with lived experiences will all benefit from an opportunity to:
- Spend some time reviewing framing and messaging best practices and learn fun interactive games to use with large groups to illustrate the importance of child abuse prevention.
- Get comfortable delivering your “elevator speech”, as well as your 10 -15 min community presentation great for rotary groups, church groups, chambers of commerce or media interviews.
- Get feedback from your peers and tips and tricks for media interviews and public speaking engagements to improve your community outreach efforts!
Click HERE to learn more about the Prevention Promoters Speakers Bureau and sign up for the first training on March 4th.
Over the weekend a commercial that focused on the “real” experiences of postpartum women began to go viral on social media and parenting blogs after the Academy Awards rejected airing the ad calling the ad “too graphic.”
We went straight to the source on YouTube to watch it for ourselves and what we saw was perfect. It was a reflection of many of the things that people don’t talk about and, frankly, it is ridiculous that it was rejected.
It was a big missed opportunity to build a more positive conversation about the importance of supporting women and babies in the fragile days and weeks after giving birth.
To add insult to injury, Facebook has joined the club. After watching the video for ourselves, we shared it directly on Facebook and subsequently had the post removed because it “goes against the Facebook Rules on nudity or sexual activity”.
Wow, Facebook, really? We strongly encourage Facebook to revise it’s rules and stop silencing the experiences of new moms.
To be clear, this impacts our ability to prevent child maltreatment. When you drive the conversation about the “real” experiences of new parents into the shadows, you prevent us from strengthening families.
We encourage you to watch the video embedded in its entirety below and share this blog, since Facebook won’t let you share the actual video.
It’s not “violent, political” or sexual in nature AND there is no nudity that is inappropriate.