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Some 3,500 calls made to Hope For Children free helpline since May

Some 3,500 phone calls were made to Hope For Children 24-hour free helpline on 1466 since the humanitarian organisation began its operation in Cyprus back in May.

This is what Philenews reported on Friday, adding that callers ask for psychological, social and legal support and guidance on issues related to the well-being and protection of their children.

Head of the organisation’s humanitarian department Andri Neocleous said: “Some refer to something that took place on the internet and their child told them about it. And they ask for guidance on how to deal with this information or situation.

“Others ask how to advise and inform their children about the dangers of using the internet. In other cases, they seek guidance on the state of the pandemic and the frustration or tantrums of their children.”

A pan-European research carried out recently showed that the pandemic is a cause for confusion, anxiety, frustration and that can be linked to an increase of violent incidents on children, she also said.

In addition, neighbours call in to ask advise on how to handle a situation where they believe a child is mistreated.

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