Everyone can do something to help Syrian kids get the childhoods they deserve. You can make a difference to Syrian children today. 

 

UNICEF USAVoice
Children First.  

Marion HartMarion Hart, UNICEF USA
What can you do to help Syrian children under attack? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Read our report on 6 years of #ChildrenUnderAttack.

“The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Each and every child is scarred for life with horrific consequences to their health, well-being and future.”

 

UNICEF USAVoice
Children First.  

Marion HartMarion Hart, UNICEF USA
What can you do to help Syrian children under attack? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Read our report on 6 years of #ChildrenUnderAttack.

“The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Each and every child is scarred for life with horrific consequences to their health, well-being and future.”

“I wanted to become a doctor but perhaps I won’t become anything, because our school was attacked," says 6-year old Ahmad. "We used to play a lot in the schoolyard, but now I’m afraid of coming here. My dad might take us to another school in another village.” ©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Idleb/Omar Alwan
“I wanted to become a doctor but perhaps I won’t become anything, because our school was attacked," says 6-year old Ahmad. "We used to play a lot in the schoolyard, but now I’m afraid of coming here. My dad might take us to another school in another village.”

1. DONATE TO HELP UNICEF PROTECT SYRIA'S CHILDREN. 

Syria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child.  Nearly 1,300 children have been killed or injured during 2016 alone.

Inside Syria, 2.8 million children live under military siege or in hard-to-reach areas. At least 5 million Syrian children have fled their homes due to violence and war.  Some are sheltering in camps within Syria, while others live in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. More than 2.2 million Syrian children have also been forced to leave school.

In response, UNICEF has helped mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history, supplying food, water, education, warm clothing and critical immunizations to millions of children and their families in Syria and neighboring countries.

But Syrian children urgently need more help. UNICEF is appealing for nearly $1.4 billion for Syrian children in 2017.

Support UNICEF's lifesaving work by making a donation to provide Syrian children with the help they need now.

2. JOIN OR START A FUNDRAISER TO AID SYRIAN KIDS.

Make a difference by starting your own fundraiser in support of UNICEF's campaign to aid the more than 8.4 million children who have been hurt by the Syria conflict. You can help save a child's life or give them hope and a chance for a better future.

Or donate to the Play For Syria Facebook Fundraiser, running through April 5, 2017 to coincide with March Madness, started by more than a dozen basketball players to support UNICEF programs for children in Syria and Syrian child refugees. Some of the players are American, some Syrian, some are former NBA, some former NCAA — but all have played ball in Syria. And all are deeply concerned for the children suffering there.

Learn more about the players and their fundraiser here, and help them spread the word by sharing their fundraiser with your networks!  https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/march-madness-unfolds-%E2%80%94-one-basketball-team-plays-syrian-kids/31997

 

UNICEF USAVoice
Children First.  

Marion HartMarion Hart, UNICEF USA
What can you do to help Syrian children under attack? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Read our report on 6 years of #ChildrenUnderAttack.

“The depth of suffering is unprecedented. Millions of children in Syria come under attack on a daily basis, their lives turned upside down,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Each and every child is scarred for life with horrific consequences to their health, well-being and future.”

“I wanted to become a doctor but perhaps I won’t become anything, because our school was attacked," says 6-year old Ahmad. "We used to play a lot in the schoolyard, but now I’m afraid of coming here. My dad might take us to another school in another village.” ©UNICEF/2016/Syria/Idleb/Omar Alwan
“I wanted to become a doctor but perhaps I won’t become anything, because our school was attacked," says 6-year old Ahmad. "We used to play a lot in the schoolyard, but now I’m afraid of coming here. My dad might take us to another school in another village.”

1. DONATE TO HELP UNICEF PROTECT SYRIA'S CHILDREN. 

Syria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a child.  Nearly 1,300 children have been killed or injured during 2016 alone.

Inside Syria, 2.8 million children live under military siege or in hard-to-reach areas. At least 5 million Syrian children have fled their homes due to violence and war.  Some are sheltering in camps within Syria, while others live in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. More than 2.2 million Syrian children have also been forced to leave school.

In response, UNICEF has helped mobilize the largest humanitarian operation in history, supplying food, water, education, warm clothing and critical immunizations to millions of children and their families in Syria and neighboring countries.

But Syrian children urgently need more help. UNICEF is appealing for nearly $1.4 billion for Syrian children in 2017.

Support UNICEF's lifesaving work by making a donation to provide Syrian children with the help they need now.

Now 85 per cent of Syrians live below the poverty line. © UNICEF MENA
Now 85 percent of Syrians live below the poverty line.

2. JOIN OR START A FUNDRAISER TO AID SYRIAN KIDS.

Make a difference by starting your own fundraiser in support of UNICEF's campaign to aid the more than 8.4 million children who have been hurt by the Syria conflict. You can help save a child's life or give them hope and a chance for a better future.

Or donate to the Play For Syria Facebook Fundraiser, running through April 5, 2017 to coincide with March Madness, started by more than a dozen basketball players to support UNICEF programs for children in Syria and Syrian child refugees. Some of the players are American, some Syrian, some are former NBA, some former NCAA — but all have played ball in Syria. And all are deeply concerned for the children suffering there.

Learn more about the players and their fundraiser here, and help them spread the word by sharing their fundraiser with your networks!

Damond Williams celebrates after winning a championship with Aleppo's Al Jalaa team. © Damond Williams
Damond Williams celebrates after winning a championship with Aleppo's Al Jalaa team.

3. SHARE YOUR CONCERN. 

Share UNICEF's donation form for Syrian children or Facebook Fundraiser page on your social media channels, by email or even word of mouth.

Or, click here to voice your concern about the children of Syria by tweeting to your congressperson. http://www.soundoffatcongress.org/lcH4

You can be the spark others need to get involved.  The friends and colleagues you reach can exponentially increase your impact by spreading our message to their own social networks.

Everyone can do something to help Syrian kids get the childhoods they deserve. You can make a difference to Syrian children today. 

 

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Sprint wants to help parents decide when it’s time to get their kids a smartphone

These days, it can be difficult to figure out when it’s the right time to give your child a phone. Sprint thinks it has the solution.
The company has launched a new website, called ‘KidsFirstPhone,’ designed to help advise parents when it’s time to buy a phone for their child. The site features a number of smartphone facts, as well as a quiz to help parents make the decision.
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In fact, according to an Influence Central survey, the average age for a kid to get a smartphone is 10.3 years, and 1 in 2 kids have a social media account by the time they’re 12 years old.

“It used to be that getting your driver’s license was the signifying moment when freedom and the race toward growing up started,” says the website. “Times have changed and thanks to an ever-evolving world of iEverything, the timeline has accelerated — having a phone to call your own is the new first step toward independence.”
The quiz includes five questions, including asking if your child needs to stay in touch with you, if they’re honest with you, if they often break things, and so on. While Sprint says that there are a number of benefits associated with giving a child a smartphone, it also mentions the drawbacks, such as the fact that it opens kids up to cyber bullying and to having to protect their online data.
Of course, it’s important to take the new website with a grain of salt. After all, who benefits when more people are getting smartphones? Carriers and manufacturers, of course. While the site won’t totally replace the role of parents in figuring out what’s right for their kids, it could still get you pointed in the right direction and give you the arguments for and against getting a smartphone for your children.
Also watch: Best Family Plan: Sprint vs. AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile

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