ParentText is an automated messaging service that aims to support parents and caregivers of children aged 0 to 17 in low and middle income countries with personalized information on caring for themselves and their child. The content, based on Parenting for Lifelong Health’s (PLH) evidence-based parenting programs, focuses on relationship building, child development, early learning, violence prevention, caregiver mental health and well-being, and positive partner relationships. The chatbot messages have been adapted to local country contexts, translated to multiple languages, and can be delivered either through a chatbot on a commonly used messaging platform (e.g., WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, Line) or through SMS.
PLH has also developed ParentChat, a tool that promotes playful parenting and violence prevention through online support groups delivered by a facilitator over text messaging platforms (e.g., WhatsApp, Viber, Signal, Telegram). More information on ParentChat can be found here.