The International Day of Families is observed on the 15 May every year.
The theme of 2021 is “Families and New Technologies”.
This year’s International Day for Families focuses a lot on digital technology – both in urban and rural space. Few important facts are as follows:
- Impact of digital technologies on children at different stages.
- As classrooms have become virtual and remote learning has replaced teacher-student interactions, parents at home have a bigger role to play.
- Enabling parents to do this without getting exhausted is also one of the key issues.
- Analysis of technology and its impact on families including equity, access, privacy and online safety.
- Digital literacy and dissemination of information and awareness.
- Ensuring mental and physical well-being of parents and children and, handling negative impacts of technology like screen fatigue and cyber security.
- The Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 with resolution A/RES/47/237 and reflects the importance the international community attaches to families.
The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families.
It focuses on key issues central to the well-being of families across the world like health, education, children’s rights, gender equality, work-family balance, and social inclusion among others.