Lisa Handy, project manager at Coram Life Education, the leading provider of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in primary schools across the country, offers her expert advice on how to talk to young children about sex and relationships.
Parent Zone’s Yusuf Tamanna looks at five video games your child might ask for, the PEGI rating they have, and what this means.
Maryon Stewart, founder of the Angelus Foundation (now Mentor UK), offers her expert advice on how to talk to your child about legal and illegal substances that may alter their mood or behaviour
What exactly is your child signing up for when they tick that little box to use an online service? By Parent Zone.
We’ve heard a lot about fake news recently but what is it? Nicky Cox, editor in chief of First News, offers advice for parents.
Ten tips for talking to teachers if your child is being picked on at school.
The internet is a public and open place, one where anybody can post and share content. This is all part of the fun, but what happens if your child sees something they shouldn't? CEOP offers advice.
Around 400 children in the UK suffers a stroke every year. Here, Dr Anne Gordon on behalf of the Stroke Association, explains more
Homework is a fact of life in most primary schools - here's our 10-point guide for parents on how to manage your child’s homework effectively.
The NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) looks at how you can encourage your child to use their digital skills in a positive way and help combat cybercrime.
Our Digital Families 2017 conference is nearly here - our expert speakers offer their tips for parents on how to help young people manage their online lives.
We’ve answered some common questions about when your child is legally old enough to do some important things.
Viral challenges continue to shape a lot of young people’s experiences online. fare harmless and just good fun, but some are more sinister and could pose risks. Here's what parents need to know.
As fresh-faced teens across the country starting to pack up their rooms to fly the nest, here are some practical tips for parents to pass on to their children on how best to prepare for university.
Starting at a new school is one of the most daunting experiences we all face at a young age. Here are our top five tips to help your child tackle their first week with ease and confidence.
There has been substantial media coverage of the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. The drama has been accused of inaccurately portraying, or even glamourising, suicide. Dr Alys Cole-King Clinical Director, of the Social Enterprise Connecting with People, and Dr Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, offer advice to parents on talking to their children about the programme and its difficult subject matter
Yubo is a popular mobile app. Thinkuknow - the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP - has created a guide for parents on how the app works and what your child needs to know about how to use it safely and sensibly.
How video games can draw players in and what parents should do if they think their child is hooked.
Everything you need to know about the hugely popular picture sharing app.
How parents can develop their listening skills to help their child open up about self-esteem issues.
The good and bad influence of friends and classmates and what parents can do if peer pressure is having an adverse effect.
How learning to speak ‘teenage’ could help communication and build confident in your child.
Expert advice on what you can do if you suspect your child may be using them.
How to deal with the cyberbullying craze that has a profound effect on its victims.
The risks and opportunities that children face when using this latest development in social media.
Advice on the security risks of smart toys that talk to the internet.
When does family banter about teenagers' bodies turn to bullying?
How bullying outside the home can lead ot self-esteem issues for teens.
How the relationship between daughers and their fathers can affect their body image.
A guide to some of the most popular ones children use online.
Recent research shows that boys today also feel under pressure to look a certain way. How can parents support their son if they are affected?
We look at the online craze of ‘Am I pretty?’ videos, where young people ask others to judge them on their looks. How can parents help?
The gen on some of the most popular games, plus how the Games Rating Authority works.
We look at how young people, particularly young women, are fed a narrow, manipulated view of what is beautiful by the media.
Advice on how to talk to your children about traumatic events.
Advice on how to be an effective parent or step parent within a blended family.
Expert advice on the wide variety of roles available.
The Real me: why feeling good about yourself helps children thrive.
Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to you build your child's body confidence and self-esteem.
A helpful rundown of what is – and what could be – taught in schools.
How to spot the signs that your child could be vulnerable and what to do to protect them.
All you need to know about the global initiative that encourages safe internet use.
How parents can teach their children to look after their personal information online.
What you need to know about the new 9-1 grades.
Expert advice on how to cope with this common form of cyberbullying.
Concrete steps you can take to learn more about your LGBTQ child and their identity.
How to spot if your child is taking things too far.
Advice on making sure you have a harmonious holiday with children and relatives.
How to navigate the Christmas social minefield, made more complex by an increase in digital devices.
How the in-school virtual reality experience is bringing the world to life for secondary school students up and down the country.
How the communications regulator tackles harmful or inappropriate material.
What's the best solution for you and your family and what should you ask a potential carer?
How to help them cope and how to prevent it from happening again.
With graphic images being shown on the front pages of newspapers and on daily news bulletins, even very young children are exposed to upsetting information.
Advice on how to help your child learn to question what they see or hear online.
Practical advice for parents of children who are being bullied or who are bullying someone else.
If you think your child has low self-esteem, there are many ways you can help.
Top tips on how to help your child make their online presence work for them.
Online tools to help with organisation and communication if you are separated from your children's other parent.
Some practical advice on how those raising a family on a low income can seek assistance.
Children and young people can experience significant levels of crime and victimisation. Here's how as a parent or carer you can help your child be safer.
A selection of the most popular articles that you have looked at in our first year.
There’s a lot of advice out there but here's what every parent needs to know about online safety.
Everything you need to know about the popular smartphone game, including parental concerns and safety tips.
Divorce and separation are tough on children, but as a parent you can make the process and its effects less painful through good communication. Here are 10 tips to help.
Musical.ly is an app for creating and sharing lip sync videos among friends. What do parents and carers need to know about it?
Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour
Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour
With the summer holidays just around the corner, we've gathered some of the most exciting apps we’ve found to get kids outdoors and enjoy what nature has to offer.
YouNow is a live video and chat app that's popular with young people. What should you know about it?
Helping your child eat well and learn about healthy food is a crucial part of parenting, but sometimes it’s tricky to figure out what (and how much) they should eat. Consultant dietitian Lucy Jones offers her top tips.
Helping your child with their homework and revision can often be a huge benefit when it comes to exam day. Here's what you need to know to support your child's learning.
New research from the University of Glasgow shows that eating in front of a screen could be bad news for your child's health.
Exams can be a source of stress for many young people. Here, senior consultant psychiatrist Dr Ramya Mohan offers her tips for helping your child cope.
Parent Info examines the very modern phenomenon of social media ‘sharenting’.
Top tips for children and young people from Kidscape.
National children’s charity, Kidscape, offers parents tips on how to help their children sif they are being bullied.
Kids can't get enough of the video sharing site. Read CEOP's comprehensive guide to everything parents need to know about it.
Most UK teens are chronically sleep deprived, leading to poor decision-making, difficulty concentrating and moodiness. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers parents some help.
Looked after children can be more vulnerable to approaches online from strangers. CEOP offers tips on how to protect them.
Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps out there. Here's what parents need to know.
Expert advice on how to help you and your child through this difficult and emotional time.
Body dysmorphic disorder and helping to your child to build a healthy body image.
Natasha Devon, the government’s Mental Health Champion for Schools, offers advice on how to help your child.
If you want to set parental controls on apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, here's how to do it.
The NSPCC explains how a simple conversation will help to keep your child safe from sexual abuse
Schools are increasingly turning to mindfulness as a way of helping pupils relax, concentrate, and avoid distractions. But what is it - and will it help?
What adults need to know about the app their children love using.
The rise of viral fight videos and how to help your child if they are involved
Here are our five top tips on enjoying tech together as a family.
It's estimated that around 290,000 children in the UK suffer from this debilitating condition. Here are some tips to help you help them.
CEOP explains how the abusers operate and what you can do to protect the children in your care.
The growth of social media has brought with it some strange modern phenomena. One of the more recent ones is the viral online challenge...
91% of teens have taken a selfie. Should parents be worried or are they just harmless fun?
Most popular social media services don’t allow anyone under 13 to join. Even so, lots of younger children manage to set up accounts. What can you do?
Why is it important to talk to your child about drinking before they're 13? The Alcohol Education Trust explains, and shares their tips for age-appropriate discussions.
Parents sometimes end up paying unexpectedly large phone bills and don’t know why. PhonepayPlus, the premium rate services regulator, explains what to look out for when giving your child a mobile device…
Hospital admissions for eating disorders among young people have almost doubled in three years. Here, Priory explains eating disorders and offers their advice on supporting your child's recovery.
How CEOP Command brought a gang of online sexual predators to justice - and how you can help your child if they have been groomed
Know your Zoellas from your PewDiePies: a parent's guide to vlogging.
1 in 10 children will experience a mental health problem - around three children in every classroom in the UK. A new campaign says it's time to do something to help them.
Laughing gas, also known as ‘Noz’, has become increasingly popular among young people in the UK. So what is it - and what does it do to people who take it?
You’ve probably heard of public shaming. It’s a centuries-old punishment, for anything from a crime to someone doing something others feel is morally wrong. But what is online shaming? And how does it differ?
Where to go for information on the video games your children will ask for this Christmas.
Bulimia is the most common eating disorder. Here's Dr Pooky Knightsmith's advice on how to tell if your child is affected - and where to get help.
Video games ratings explained in full.
SCHOOLS! Here's how to get Parent Info's expert information and advice on your own website for free.
Sadly, once your child explores the online world, they may find a troll waiting for them. Here's how to help them cope.
How to keep your family safe when viewing video on demand and films online and on mobile devices.
Teenagers love WhatsApp – as do a lot of parents. Here's what you need to know about it...
We hear a lot about the negative effects on children of using the internet - but it can also be a positive thing...
It can be challenging to manage family life as a parent of children with and without disabilities. Alison Thomas, campaigner for the rights of disabled children and their families, gives her personal advice.
More young people are being admitted to hospital because of eating disorders. Is the internet part of the problem? We talk to Beat's Rebecca Field to find out.
Puberty can be an awkward time for any family, but for disabled young people it can be especially confusing. Contact a Family offers their advice for supporting your children as they grow up.
LSD is one of the most famous hallucinogenic drugs. This year there has been an increase of 175% in the number of 16-to-24-year-olds admitting to using it.
Ecstasy use is on the rise among young people - why? And what should parents know about this drug?
A recent survey shows that ecstasy and LSD use among 16-24-year-olds has increased by 84% and 175% respectively in the past year. Overall drug use has remained constant – so why are these two gaining popularity with young people?
Learning to read is vital for most of what comes after in school (and the rest of your life!) but it can sometimes feel like a chore. Neurologist Dr Judy Willis offers her top tips for making the process as smooth and pleasurable as possible.
Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying can be very painful but is extremely common. More than half of LGBT young people say they have been bullied at school. Here Stonewall offer some advice on how to help your child if they're on the receiving end and some sensible and sympathetic approaches if you find out that your child is among the bullies.
The word 'gay' gets bandied about all the time - 90% of students said they had used it to mean 'useless' or 'rubbish' at least once. Here, Stonewall, which runs a homophobic, biphobic and transphobic antibullying campaign, explains why this is hurtful and can inflict long-term damage. There are also tips for helping young people who have been affected by this kind of bullying; plus advice on making sure that your child doesn't become one of the bullies.
It can be very surprising to learn your child is trans. Naturally you will want to be supportive, but you may also have a lot of questions. Sue Chitayi, mother of a transgender son and parent volunteer at Gendered Intelligence, answers some of them in this Q&A.
Advice to parents on how much screen time small children should have has changed - basically, from 'none' to 'it's OK to have some.' Here are our commonsensical top tips on how to manage infants' screen time to make sure they develop healthily and happily without making life impossible for you.
A staggering one in three children in the UK is overweight and one in five is obese. Weight can be very difficult to talk about - and raising it in the wrong way can be counter-producitve. Our guide to what obesity is, what it means in the long term and how to deal with it.
The big move up to secondary school is a bit scary - so what if they're still not settling in after a few weeks? Here are our tips on how to support them through the common teething problems.
Would your child rather eat sweets than spaghetti bolognese? Do they assiduously avoid the broccoli on their plate? Would they rather run a five-mile marathon than entertain the idea of eating a courgette? We look into picky eating and how to help your child be more adventurous with food.
Legal highs can be every bit as dangerous and addictive as illegal drugs, and they're they're easier to get hold of. Make sure you and your child are clued up about the risks.
Is sex and relationships education compulsory in schools? What is your child going to be told about puberty? When should you start raising the subject? And how?
CEOP's Thinkuknow recently produced 4 short animated films on young people and taking nude selfies, and how to respond if your child sends a picture they regret. The films are based on research conducted over two years. Here CEOP underlines some of the key points.
Broaching the subject of an eating disorder can be alarming. But the numbers of young people being treated in hospital for eating disorders are rising. It's a live issue for many parents. Here, with help from Beat, the leading charity supporting those with eating disorders and their families, we offer our tips for talking to your child.
Your son or daughter hasn't only been having sex - now they or their partner is pregnant. Bekki Burbidge of the FPA looks at your options.
Think your child may be involved in a gang? Advice from the Home Office on what to do.
From the Home Office: tell-tale signs of gang involvement, and ways to prevent your child getting involved in the first place.
Not long ago, a lot of young people left school at 16. Now everyone has to stay in education or training until they're 18. But there are still plenty of options. We look at the alternatives, with help from Your Daughter's Future, a guide from the Government Equalities Office.
It's the end of the summer term, with mixed emotions for some children who are moving on. But there are also practical things to consider. Here are our tips for being super-organised for the move to secondary school in September.
Children need boundaries to make them feel safe - and to push against. This is as important online as off. The Parent Zone's Sophie Linington offers some tips on digital boundary-setting.
The amazing Anne-Marie Imafidon (GCSE maths at 10, master's degree from Oxford at 20) talks about why she founded Stemettes and why it matters so much to get girls into science, tech, engineering and maths.
CEOP's film explains what they are, and what parents should know about them.
All too often at the moment, we are hearing stories of young people leaving Britain to fight in Syria. They have come to the conclusion that they would be better off in a war zone than in the UK. What goes wrong? What are they looking for? And what do parents need to understand to stop this?
Get clued up on what's legal when it comes to contraception and sex for your teen.
Finding out your teen is already having sex can be a shock. Find out how best to handle the situation and support them.
Adopted children are more vulnerable to risks online, such as out-of-the-blue contact from birth families. What can parents do to help keep them safe?
The internet can help and encourage young people to help others. Here's how.
It's unusual for young people with eating disorders to get better on their own. Here's our roundup of treatments available on the NHS and from other support services.
How to spot the signs and what you can do to help if your child is a sufferer.
Anorexia is the best-known eating disorder, although not the commonest (that's bulimia). It's a serious disease and sufferers are often secretive about their suffering. We explain how to spot the symptoms and what to do if you're concerned.
A number of factors are more likely to make a child vulnerable to grooming and sexual exploitation. Here, CEOP's Dr Helen Whittle outlines what factors put a child at risk - and what kinds of things make a child resilient and offer protection.
The government has announced that it is to ban legal highs, currently available in 'head shops' up and down the country as well as online. Legal highs are new chemical compounds, untested and mysterious - so why have they become so popular and what effect will the ban have?
The numbers of young people admitted to hospital with eating disorders have doubled in the last three years, according to the NHS. Pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites are widely seen as a big part of the problem. We look at what these sites are and why they're seen as so toxic.
Teaching children about financial responsibility has never been easy, but as new technologies make cash less common it's even more daunting. Here are our top tips for talking to your children about spending in the digital age.
It's never been simple to teach your children about financial responsibility, but as cash becomes less common and new technologies become more prevalent, it can be a daunting prospect. This article gives you the inside track on how to help your children manage money in a digital world.
There's been quite a lot of interest recently in monitoring apps, which allow you to track your child, alerting you to where they are and what they're doing. Sounds like a brilliant idea, no? But experts warn you should think twice before putting your child under surveillance. We look at the pros and cons.
ooVoo is a group video chat service that has been the source of some controversy, with fears that children are giving away information to people they don't know. Like any popular online tool, used wisely it's great; used unwisely it can be a platform for problems. Here's everything you need to know about what ooVoo is, how to use it safely, and how to report anything worrying.
Filters and parental controls may not be the complete answer to keeping children safe online, but they are undoubtedly the first line of defence. It's now possible to set filters on your broadband, your devices and your applications. Here, from Internet Matters, is what you need to know.
Gay men have a 'morning after' pill too - but many gay teenagers still don't know about it. And in fact, you don't have to take it the morning after - it's effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. Little as you want to think about your child having unprotected sex, it does happen - and it's as well they know that there is something they can take to prevent them from developing HIV. Here's what one gay man wishes he'd known as a teenager.
Minecraft is phenomenally popular, especially with primary school children. Sometimes described as Lego for the digital age, it is absorbing, creative and educational - but, as with any online activity, it's as well to be aware of the basics of staying safe. Here's our guide to helping your child make the most of Minecraft.
In just a few years, Minecraft has become one of the world's most popular games, mainly by word of mouth and despite the lack of a big marketing budget or a major organisation behind it. Already a hot topic of conversation in the playground, Minecraft is now moving into the classroom, as teachers increasingly find ways to use the game for educational purposes. Here's the lowdown for parents.
A small proportion of the tech workforce is female, although this is where many of the jobs of the future are going to be. This can't be explained by biological differences - so it must be something to do with stereotypes. Read this and you might never describe someone as 'pretty as a princess' again.
Images of women in the media that focus entirely on physical appearance are so common that most of the time most of us don't even notice them. But what effect are they having on girls' assumptions about their future? Lia Latchford and Ikamara Larasi of Msunderstood offer advice on helping girls to understand and resist stereotypes.
Girls in years 7 and 8 are a lot more anxious and unhappy than they were five years ago. Researchers from University College London suggest this may be the result of sexualised images of women in impact of social media.
The internet is a wonderful resource for young people and offers unprecedented opportunities for connecting and learning. But it can also be scary. Many parents are afraid their children will be exposed to upsetting content or meet dangerous people online. What are the facts about online risk?
Recent figures suggest that it's wrong to think self-harm is just a girls' problem. Boys are being admitted to hospital for this too - but because it looks different, it sometimes isn't recognised. It's not only harder to spot self-harm among girls, but also harder to get treatment. Here's what you need to know about boys and self-harm.
Online porn is everywhere - only a couple of clicks away in the playground or a friend's bedroom. Many older children, as well as some younger ones, have seen something that you (and quite possibly they) would rather they hadn't. Here are Dr Elly Hanson's tips for how to address this very tricky issue without feeling embarrassed or making your child feel awkward.
The porn industry can't make money out of sex that centres around personal connection and intimacy. It has to drive viewers to want to view more extreme content, of a kind they're prepared to pay for. As a result, watching porn can give young people a distorted idea of what men and women like to (and do) get up to - if, that is, they take it seriously, as a reflection of real life. Here CEOP's Dr Elly Hanson explains what we know from the evidence about the effect of porn on young people.
Why do young people self harm and what can you do to help them?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can affect anyone who's had sex, even if only once. Which doesn't quite seem fair, but that's infections for you. Young people aged under 25 have higher rates of STIs than other groups, so it's worth being aware of what the risks are, how to guard against them, where to go if you're worried and what, as a parent, you should be advising.
You don't stop educating your children once they've learnt their phonics. They need to move up to understanding the meaning of what they're reading. In the same way, once your child is online and you're filtering and monitoring in the right way for their age, there's still a job to do. Here's a useful breakdown of what it means to be digitally literate, with some good news for parents.
When young people admit to having mental health problems, parents often blame themselves. There is still stigma and shame attached to this kind of illness, despite the fact that it's so common. But early diagnosis and treatment have been shown to work so it's important for parents to be open and supportive. Blaming yourself - or anyone else - doesn't help.
Recent cases of grooming in Rotherham, Oxford and elsewhere have shocked parents and carers. Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation, Pace, here share what they've learned about the signs of sexual exploitation and the steps parents can take to keep their children safe from unhealthy relationships and grooming.
Distributing so-called revenge porn has recently become a criminal offence for over-18s. What does this mean in practice - and does it affect young people?
You can't shield your child from every risk in the online world, any more than you can offline. So how do you help them to be digitally literate (what does that even mean?) And what kind of parenting approach is most likely to help them stay safe?
Parents and carers of children with disabilities often face heavy costs. In this Q&A, Cerebra addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about benefits.
Seeing your child scratching, biting, hitting or banging their head can be incredibly distressing - but it's a not uncommon experience for parents of children with intellectual disabilities. Cerebra explain self-injury and what parents can do.
There are considerable benefits to internet use for young people with autism and learning disabilities, with lots of apps and specialist tools - but there are also risks. We look at how best to prepare your child.
What do you need to know when your child is exploring their sexuality online? When they've never met their new girl/boyfriend? When they're using technology to take their relationship to the next level? And what do you need to say?
There can be few more horrifying things than finding out that your child has been sexually victimised. In the conflicting and overwhelming welter of emotions that follows, how you respond can make an enormous difference to their ability to cope and recover. CEOP's Dr Elly Hanson looks at what parents typically go through and offers clear guidelines on the best and most supportive response.
A tattoo is permanent, much like the information we post online. CEOP gives their top tips on making sure your child's online reputation is just as good as their offline one.
Dads matter! And they particularly matter when it comes to reading. Jeremy Davies of The Fatherhood Institute offers his top tips for what dads can do particularly well.
A lot of sites and apps specify that users must be aged over 13. Why 13? Vicki Shotbolt explains and offers a guide to the age limits for various popular online activities.
What can you do if your child is talking online to someone they don't know in the real world and you're suspicious? What if you think they're being asked to do things, share images, encouraged to meet? CEOP - the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command of the National Crime Agency and one of the partners behind Parent Info - is the answer. This is how and where to report your concerns.
It can be extremely distressing to find out someone you love is self-harming. Consultant psychiatrist Dr Andrew Hill-Smith writes about how best to respond: what to say and when to hold back.
There's some good news about young people's health (teen pregnancies down, smoking, drinking and drug taking down) but some not-so-good news (obesity and mental health problems up). A new report from Public Health England says that young people's mental and physical health are closely connected - and that relationships are the key to their health and wellbeing.
Too many children have memories of dull ICT lessons acquiring skills that will probably be outdated by the time they start work. But the new computing curriculum, introduced this school year, is a really exciting (and world-leading) development. Simon Humphreys of Computing at School explains why.
Are mental health problems rising in children and young people? And is the internet to blame? An influential committee of MPs calls for more support for mental illness among the young.
There is deep concern about the impact the internet is having on families, especially on children and young people. iRights is a coalition calling for five basic rights that children and young people should have online.
Abusers rely on secrecy. Here are the Lucy Faithfull Foundation's tips for things to look out for and how to respond.
It's hard to think about the possiblity that someone we know might be an abuser or that a child may be being abused. But there are warning signs that can alert us to potentially abusive people and it's as well to be aware of them. Donald Findlater of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation explains what they are.
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation explains the workings of the grooming process.
The reality of abuse is rarely like the high-profile cases we hear about on the news. The Lucy Faithfull Foundation busts a few of the myths.
Is gambling an addiction like drugs? And is your child at risk of becoming a problem gambler?
Researchers have been studying how children use smartphones, tablets and computers across Europe. So are children addicted to their phones? And how many have experienced cyberbullying? We have (some of) the answers...
The digital world is so new that half the time we don't know what the rules are. In fact, there are plenty of laws governing what you can and can't do online. Here's our guide to what you should and shouldn't be doing online (legally, anyway).
The Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation for Scotland.
The Chief Medical Officers of the different nations have slightly different guidelines relating to under-age drinking. Here's the advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.
Alcohol has a magnetic attraction for young people. Almost every parent of teenagers knows someone who's had a party go disastrously wrong because someone smuggled in bottles of vodka, or some child who's had to go to hospital. But what's the legal position? Should you ever give children a glass of wine with dinner? How old do they have to be before you take them into a pub? The law explained.
Our checklist of top tips for guarding your child against trouble with drink...
Children are much more aware of alcohol than you think - have a look at our tips on how to handle the issue with your teen.
What is an abusive relationship? How do you spot when someone is trying to exercise too much control over you? And how to warn your child against relationships that are going to hurt them?
Being positive about eating and what people look like (and yes, we're afraid that means your own body, too) can make an enormous difference to how your child feels about their own appearance. Here are our guidelines for what (and what not) to do.
Sex, drugs, internet porn - no, no, no, you don't want to talk to your child about that! How embarrassing. Especially as you know hardly anything about any of it. But it's one of those jobs (like changing nappies) that parents are put on earth to do. Here are our tips for making it less of an ordeal.
‘Teens turn to, and are obsessed with whichever environment allows them to connect to friends. Most teens aren’t addicted to social media; if anything, they’re addicted to each other.’
Do you sometimes feel your child is sharing not just too much information, but the wrong kind of information? Do you worry that their adolescent attitudes are going to hang over them for the rest of their lives? How do you talk to them about the identity they're creating with their friends - and how the internet makes that visible to everyone?
We're always hearing about 'digital natives' as if all young people are happily at home on the internet, knowing where to find all the good things, how to avoid the hazards and partying happily together. But what if most young people were just as anxious and lost as their parents? The experts think that's much closer to the truth...
When parents split up, they have to agree the contact arrangements for children. The Coram Children's Legal Centre outlines acceptable practice for contact, what to do when things go wrong, and some tips for making contact work for everyone.
Residency is the legal term for where children live when their parents have split up. The Coram Children's Legal Centre answers some FAQs about living arrangements, formal and informal.
Suicidal thoughts are more common that most of us realise - and different triggers can tip thoughts into action. Ged Flynn of Papyrus, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, outlines what parents need to know.
130 million women worldwide are living with the impact of female genital cutting, also known as female genital mutilation or circumcision. What does it involve and what should you do if you know of someone who may be at risk?
Paul Buck had a great job in finance until it was ruined by problem gambling. He believes the temptations to gamble are greater - and a lot more visible - for young people than they were when he was a teenager. Here he identifies the different stages when gambling becomes a problem and suggests where to go for help if you're concerned.
Since when has gambling been something parents need to worry about? The law is clear, surely? Well, yes, it is, and under-18s aren't supposed to gamble - but 15% of 11-16 year-olds say that they've gambled in the last week. Plus we know that the earlier you start, the greater the chances of becoming a problem gambler in later life. So should parents be as concerned about gambling as about, say, drugs?
Ask.fm is anonymous and has been known to lead to cyberbullying and taunting. Here is CEOP’s guide to Ask.fm in a series of FAQs for parents.
Why are so many children dissatisfied with their appearance? What effect does this have on their school work and their confidence? What can you do to help?
Pornography is more available than ever before, thanks to the internet. It can also be a hideously embarrassing subject to broach with your child. In this video, CEOP's Jonathan Baggaley offers some tips for opening non-awkward discussions.
Alex Holmes, anti-bullying programme manager for the Diana Award, outlines some useful things to do if your child is being bullied.
YouTube's SafetyMode allows parents to restrict the content their children see. Here's our quick'n'dirty guide to setting it up.
Google is often the first port of call for homework and curiosity of all kinds. Here's how to guard against adult content appearing in your children's Google searches.
It's hard to start conversations about sex and relationships. Some advice from Brook on things to think about before you launch into that difficult conversation about sex, contraception and safety.
Brook's Richard Essery on how to deal with your child's developing sexuality, and the still-taboo topic of masturbation.
Is your child uncertain about their sexuality? Are you half-expecting some big 'coming out' announcement? Richard Essery of Brook offers advice for parents on how to respond.
Alex Holmes, anti-bullying manager for the Diana Awards, offers advice on how to recognise bullying and what to do if your child is affected.
In this video, Claire Usiskin from YoungMinds talks about warning signs to look out for if you're concerned about your child's mental health - and what to do.
In this video, Jonathan Baggaley explains how CEOP can help parents who are worried about online abuse.
Even world leaders take selfies... In this video, Vicki Shotbolt of The Parent Zone talks about the hazards of online flirting via photos - and what to tell your child.
There are three main styles of parenting. Which one best describes you?
Some tips on responsible – and safe – use of Instagram.
Alex Holmes, the Diana Award anti-bullying programme manager, was previously a victim of bullying and now runs the anti-bullying ambassadors programme. In this video, he explains what cyberbullying is, why it hurts - and what you can do about it.
What are children really seeing online? Do parental filters work? Our stats may surprise you...
Support organisations for young people and parents who are concerned about what young people are having to deal with online.
If your child has come across something upsetting online - or something you think may be illegal - here's what to do about it.
Worried that your child may be accessing undesirable content online? Try our checklist of precautions and ways to respond.
A quarter of 9-16 year-olds have told researchers they’d seen sexual images in the past year. Is the ready availability of porn everywhere changing young people's attitudes to sex and relationships?
Your child is probably going to come across unwanted images online. Not an easy topic for discussion. So how do you broach the subject?
How likely is your child to come across porn on the internet?
A new study out in autumn 2014 suggests that self-harm among teens in England has trebled in the last decade. What warning signs do you need to look out for?
Instagram is now bigger than Twitter. What's the big attraction? And is there anything you need to know?
What does good mental health look like when it comes to young people?
Justin Hancock, author of Talking To Teens About Sex, explains how to avoid stuttering about the birds and the bees
CEOP's tips for ways to start a conversation with your teenager – and where to take it after that.
Laura Hurley of Brook offers some ideas for tackling the topic of abortion with your child - and explains why she thinks you should.
Is depression a fact of teenage life? What are the signs of depression and what can you do if you're concerned that your child may be depressed? Young Minds' Lucy Maddox offers some advice.
What goes online stays online. Some advice to help you and your child understand the long-term implications of publishing all about your life.
Wondering what your children are tapping into their phones? Or, in fact, what it means? Here's our parent's guide to some popular teen chat acronyms and slang words.
Two thirds of young people have their own smartphone before they start secondary school (and some other interesting facts). How does your child's internet use compare?
Sexting is almost the norm among some young people but sharing images of anyone under the age of 18 is illegal. So what should you say about sexting to your child? And how to respond if your child has sent an image they regret?
Sex plus the teenage urge to take risks plus the constant presence of a camera and a 'send' button - it's probably not surprising that a lot of young people think sexting is a perfectly normal part of modern teenage relationships. Is it? How often do things go wrong? What happens when images get spread beyond the boy or the girl they were meant for?
What is sexting? Is it illegal to share naked or partially naked images of young people? Why has it become such a common activity? And how do you alert your child to the risks?
Top tips on staying up-to-date with what your children are doing online.
Does the fact that photos disappear from Snapchat make it completely safe to use? If things do go wrong, what can you do?
How to be a bit more careful, and a bit better informed, when using Snapchat.
What do you need to know about Snapchat?
It pays to be prepared for parents' evenings...
Teenagers have very different sleep patterns from younger children or indeed adults. So should you be telling them to go to bed?
Research shows that children do better at school if their parents are involved in their education. When parents show interest, exam results tend to improve – so what's the best way to take an interest without putting them off completely?
Children do better at school if their parents are involved in their education. That means taking an interest in what they’re doing academically – but it also means creating conditions that help them... here are some suggestions.