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03/17/2017 12:01 PM
Boys and body image: it’s (not) different for girls

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?

boys and body image

03/16/2017 12:33 PM
Five video games parents should be aware of

The gen on some of the most popular games, plus how the Games Rating Authority works.

Video games

03/15/2017 05:00 PM
The distortion of beauty

We look at how young people, particularly young women, are fed a narrow, manipulated view of what is beautiful by the media.

self-esteem and body image

03/06/2017 01:52 PM
What should I say to my child when…?

Advice on how to talk to your children about traumatic events.

Father and son

03/06/2017 12:07 PM
The new blended family parenting rules

Advice on how to be an effective parent or step parent within a blended family.

Family silhouette

02/27/2017 11:10 AM
Careers your child could enter if they study tech

Expert advice on the wide variety of roles available.

tech careers

02/20/2017 02:44 PM
The Real Me: why feeling good about yourself does you good

The Real me: why feeling good about yourself helps children thrive.

self-esteem

02/20/2017 02:18 PM
Body image and self-esteem tips for children and young people

Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to you build your child's body confidence and self-esteem.

body confidence

02/06/2017 11:49 AM
Sex education in schools: a parent’s guide

A helpful rundown of what is – and what could be – taught in schools.

teddy bears

02/03/2017 02:19 PM
Preventing far-right extremism: a guide for parents

How to spot the signs that your child could be vulnerable and what to do to protect them.

far right extremism

02/01/2017 10:47 AM
Safer Internet Day 2017: a parent's guide

All you need to know about the global initiative that encourages safe internet use.

Safer Internet Day 2017

01/27/2017 02:21 PM
Helping your child stay safe from cybercrime

How parents can teach their children to look after their personal information online.

cybercrime

01/23/2017 01:24 PM
The new GCSE grading system explained

What you need to know about the new 9-1 grades.

classroom

01/20/2017 12:06 PM
How can your child deal with in-game bullying?

Expert advice on how to cope with this common form of cyberbullying.

Child gaming online

01/11/2017 10:57 AM
Five things you can do if your child comes out

Concrete steps you can take to learn more about your LGBTQ child and their identity.

love

12/14/2016 12:42 PM
Fitness apps – a cause for concern?

How to spot if your child is taking things too far.

Fitness apps

12/12/2016 11:35 AM
How to have a happy family Christmas

Advice on making sure you have a harmonious holiday with children and relatives.

Happy Family Christmas

12/07/2016 09:57 AM
Parenting in the Digital Age online safety course for parents
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12/05/2016 01:09 PM
Seasonal Netiquette: 5 new parenting rules

How to navigate the Christmas social minefield, made more complex by an increase in digital devices.

christmas dinner

11/29/2016 01:12 PM
Discover the world through Google Expeditions

How the in-school virtual reality experience is bringing the world to life for secondary school students up and down the country.

Coombe Boys' School Google Exhibitions

11/28/2016 01:01 PM
What does Ofcom do to protect your child?

How the communications regulator tackles harmful or inappropriate material.

child looking at tablet

11/22/2016 12:00 PM
Finding the right after school childcare

What's the best solution for you and your family and what should you ask a potential carer?

child painting

11/14/2016 01:49 PM
Help! My child's phone has been stolen

How to help them cope and how to prevent it from happening again.

Boys on mobile phones

11/09/2016 10:31 AM
Helping your child cope with media coverage of traumatic events

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. 

Terrorism and trauma helping children cope

10/24/2016 10:00 AM
Think critically!

Advice on how to help your child learn to question what they see or hear online.

Google screen grab - critical thinking

10/21/2016 02:52 PM
Tell everyone about Parent Info
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10/20/2016 09:02 AM
Five articles every parent should read about bullying

Practical advice for parents of children who are being bullied or who are bullying someone else.

online bullying Jedidja PD

10/07/2016 12:00 PM
Are you worried about your child's lack of self-esteem?

If you think your child has low self-esteem, there are many ways you can help.

Self-esteem

10/04/2016 09:15 AM
Having a positive digital footprint

Top tips on how to help your child make their online presence work for them.

social media

09/21/2016 09:45 AM
Staying connected: 4 ways the online world can help families going through divorce

Online tools to help with organisation and communication if you are separated from your children's other parent.

Divorce advice for kids after Brangelina split

09/16/2016 09:11 AM
Tips for parents who are struggling to make ends meet

Some practical advice on how those raising a family on a low income can seek assistance. 

Families money and finances

09/08/2016 10:23 AM
Support for children who have experienced crime

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.

victim support

09/07/2016 12:50 PM
Your 5 favourite Parent Info articles

A selection of the most popular articles that you have looked at in our first year.

online safety advice for children

09/07/2016 11:03 AM
The 5 digital parenting rules that REALLY matter

There’s a lot of advice out there but here's what every parent needs to know about online safety.

online safety

07/20/2016 10:54 AM
Pokémon Go - a parent's guide

Everything you need to know about the popular smartphone game, including parental concerns and safety tips.

Pokemon Go

07/01/2016 11:07 AM
10 ways parents can make divorce less painful for their children

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.

Divorce and children

06/30/2016 01:30 PM
A parent's guide to Musical.ly

Musical.ly is an app for creating and sharing lip sync videos among friends. What do parents and carers need to know about it? 


06/21/2016 01:47 PM
Bullying: a parent's guide. What if my child is bullying another child?

Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour

helping hand

06/21/2016 01:16 PM
Bullying: a parent's guide

Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour

Bullying Scotland

06/21/2016 11:25 AM
Apps to help families enjoy the great outdoors

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.

Children outdoors

06/16/2016 09:28 AM
A parent's guide to YouNow

YouNow is a live video and chat app that's popular with young people. What should you know about it? 


06/09/2016 02:32 PM
Healthy eating: a parent's guide

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.

healthy eating

06/08/2016 09:38 AM
Helping your child with their homework

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. 

homework

05/24/2016 11:15 AM
Do family habits affect childhood obesity?

New research from the University of Glasgow shows that eating in front of a screen could be bad news for your child's health. 


05/23/2016 12:51 PM
Helping your child cope with exam stress

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. 

Revision

05/09/2016 01:59 PM
Should you share pictures of your children online?

Parent Info examines the very modern phenomenon of social media ‘sharenting’.

Sharenting

05/04/2016 03:07 PM
Tips for tackling bullying

Top tips for children and young people from Kidscape.

Kidscape bullying

05/04/2016 02:54 PM
How to help your child if they're being bullied

National children’s charity, Kidscape, offers parents tips on how to help their children sif they are being bullied.

Jedidja

05/03/2016 02:18 PM
YouTube: what parents need to know

Kids can't get enough of the video sharing site. Read CEOP's comprehensive guide to everything parents need to know about it.

YouTube

04/21/2016 09:27 AM
Online dating and teens

03/15/2016 04:46 PM
Helping your child establish positive sleep patterns

Most UK teens are chronically sleep deprived, leading to poor decision-making, difficulty concentrating and moodiness. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers parents some help.

sleep hygeine

03/15/2016 04:37 PM
Children in care and online risk

Looked after children can be more vulnerable to approaches online from strangers. CEOP offers tips on how to protect them.

children in care

03/15/2016 04:13 PM
Teens on Tinder

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps out there. Here's what parents need to know.

Teens on Tinder

03/10/2016 11:00 AM
What to do if your child is self-harming

Expert advice on how to help you and your child through this difficult and emotional time.


03/09/2016 01:55 PM
When a negative body image becomes a mental health condition

Body dysmorphic disorder and helping to your child to build a healthy body image.

BDD

03/09/2016 01:51 PM
Stigma and mental health: a parent’s guide

Natasha Devon, the government’s Mental Health Champion for Schools, offers advice on how to help your child.

Mental health stigma

03/02/2016 04:02 PM
Setting safety and privacy settings for social media apps

If you want to set parental controls on apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, here's how to do it.

social media

02/24/2016 02:11 PM
Start talking PANTS!

The NSPCC explains how a simple conversation will help to keep your child safe from sexual abuse

underwear rule nspcc

02/23/2016 02:31 PM
Mindfulness in schools: a parent's guide

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?

mindfulness in schools

02/09/2016 05:08 PM
A parent's guide to Kik Messenger

What adults need to know about the app their children love using.

Kik messenger

02/04/2016 12:53 PM
Social media and group violence: a parent's guide

The rise of viral fight videos and how to help your child if they are involved

street fight

01/27/2016 02:34 PM
5 ways the internet can help you enjoy family time together

Here are our five top tips on enjoying tech together as a family.

Family digital

01/26/2016 10:01 AM
Understanding and supporting anxiety in your child

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.

anxiety

01/26/2016 09:30 AM
Sexual abuse on webcam: what parents can do

CEOP explains how the abusers operate and what you can do to protect the children in your care.

Webcam

01/20/2016 02:06 PM
Viral internet trends: a parent's guide

The growth of social media has brought with it some strange modern phenomena. One of the more recent ones is the viral online challenge...

viral internet trends

01/20/2016 02:03 PM
Selfies: the good, the bad and the downright irritating

91% of teens have taken a selfie. Should parents be worried or are they just harmless fun?

Selfie

01/14/2016 09:54 AM
Under 13s and social media

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?

Tablet

01/05/2016 12:42 PM
Alcohol: facts and tips for parents

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. 


12/15/2015 11:53 AM
Don’t pay the price for your child’s online fun

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…

Family digital

12/15/2015 10:49 AM
Helping your child recover from an eating disorder

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. 

eating disorder help

12/03/2015 03:58 PM
Fighting online sexual abuse: inside CEOP Command

How CEOP Command brought a gang of online sexual predators to justice - and how you can help your child if they have been groomed

CEOP documentary

12/03/2015 03:34 PM
A parent's guide to Vlogging - what you need to know

Know your Zoellas from your PewDiePies: a parent's guide to vlogging.

zoella, alfie deyes and louise pentland

11/30/2015 02:18 PM
Tackling stigma about mental health for young people

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.

Time to change image

11/25/2015 12:06 PM
Laughing gas: not funny

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?

Laughing gas

11/25/2015 11:16 AM
Understanding online shaming - a guide for parents

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?


11/19/2015 11:48 AM
Christmas video games without the surprises

Where to go for information on the video games your children will ask for this Christmas.

Tearaway Unfolded

11/18/2015 10:49 AM
Getting to grips with bulimia nervosa

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. 

Bulimia binge purge

11/17/2015 04:55 PM
PEGI games ratings explained

Video games ratings explained in full.

pegi descriptors

11/12/2015 12:11 PM
Get Parent Info FREE on your school website

SCHOOLS! Here's how to get Parent Info's expert information and advice on your own website for free.

Harry Potter Lego pupils

11/10/2015 10:16 AM
How to protect your child from trolls

Sadly, once your child explores the online world, they may find a troll waiting for them. Here's how to help them cope.

Internet troll

11/05/2015 10:29 AM
Choosing age-appropriate video on demand and online content for your family

How to keep your family safe when viewing video on demand and films online and on mobile devices.

Boy on tablet

11/02/2015 01:39 PM
WhatsApp: a guide for parents and carers

Teenagers love WhatsApp – as do a lot of parents. Here's what you need to know about it...

A parents guide to WhatsApp

11/02/2015 01:29 PM
9 ways the internet can be good for your children

We hear a lot about the negative effects on children of using the internet - but it can also be a positive thing...

Ways the internet can be good for children and internet safety

10/22/2015 01:23 PM
If one sibling has a disability: a Q&A with Alison Thomas

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. 


10/14/2015 09:27 AM
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) – removing illegal online images

10/08/2015 03:12 PM
Eating disorders and the internet

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. 


10/08/2015 02:55 PM
Disability and growing up

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. 


10/01/2015 12:37 PM
LSD

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.


10/01/2015 12:26 PM
Ecstasy

Ecstasy use is on the rise among young people - why? And what should parents know about this drug? 


10/01/2015 11:51 AM
Ecstasy and LSD

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?


09/24/2015 09:11 AM
Games to help your child learn to read

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.


09/23/2015 09:53 AM
If your child is bullied for being LGBT

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.


09/23/2015 09:41 AM
Tackling LGBT bullying at school

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.


09/18/2015 10:09 AM
When your child comes out as transgender: a Q&A with Sue Chitayi

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. 

Online safety transgender

09/16/2015 11:20 AM
Screen time and young children: finding a balance

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.


09/03/2015 02:37 PM
Childhood obesity - a new epidemic?

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.


09/03/2015 01:36 PM
Secondary school - the first few weeks

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.


09/01/2015 12:15 PM
Picky eating: how to help your child eat better

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.


07/15/2015 01:06 PM
Legal highs - a parent's guide

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. 


07/06/2015 01:19 PM
When to talk to your child about puberty (or will school take care of it)?

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?


07/06/2015 01:09 PM
Sexting – CEOP's new films say 'don't panic!' (But do respond.)

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.

still from animated film

07/06/2015 01:00 PM
Talking to your child about an eating disorder

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.


07/03/2015 03:25 PM
Help! I’m unexpectedly becoming a grandparent

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.


07/03/2015 12:21 PM
If your child is in a gang

Think your child may be involved in a gang? Advice from the Home Office on what to do.


07/03/2015 12:12 PM
Gangs: signs and how to prevent involvement

From the Home Office: tell-tale signs of gang involvement, and ways to prevent your child getting involved in the first place.


07/03/2015 09:59 AM
Making choices post-16

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. 


07/03/2015 09:38 AM
Preparing your child for secondary school

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. 


07/03/2015 08:54 AM
Setting boundaries that work

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.


07/03/2015 08:31 AM
Here come the Stemettes: a Q&A with founder Anne-Marie Imafidon

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.  


07/01/2015 09:30 AM
Nude selfies: understanding why

CEOP's film explains what they are, and what parents should know about them.

Nude selfies

06/25/2015 11:41 AM
Preventing violent extremism – what parents can do

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? 

Syrian women in Homs 2012

06/18/2015 02:12 PM
Teen sex and contraception - what's legal?

Get clued up on what's legal when it comes to contraception and sex for your teen.


06/18/2015 01:16 PM
If your teen is sexually active

Finding out your teen is already having sex can be a shock. Find out how best to handle the situation and support them. 


06/18/2015 09:27 AM
Keeping adopted children safe from online risk

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?


06/11/2015 02:07 PM
Getting young people involved in volunteering

The internet can help and encourage young people to help others. Here's how.

youth volunteering children

06/05/2015 10:29 AM
Treatment for your child's eating disorder

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.


06/05/2015 09:32 AM
Understanding binge eating disorder

How to spot the signs and what you can do to help if your child is a sufferer.


06/04/2015 03:32 PM
Understanding anorexia nervosa

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.

Black cloud

06/03/2015 09:27 AM
What can make young people vulnerable online?

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. 


06/03/2015 09:10 AM
Legal highs face nationwide ban

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?


06/03/2015 08:35 AM
The dangers of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia sites

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. 


05/19/2015 12:23 PM
Top tips on digital finance

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.  


05/19/2015 12:20 PM
Managing money in a digital world

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. 


05/19/2015 10:11 AM
Monitoring apps: what parents should know

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.


05/07/2015 03:23 PM
ooVoo: everything you need to know

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.


05/05/2015 01:39 PM
What are parental controls and how can they help children stay safe online?

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.


05/05/2015 01:16 PM
What I wish my parents had told me about HIV as a gay teenager

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.


04/28/2015 02:09 PM
Staying safe on Minecraft

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.


04/28/2015 01:43 PM
What is 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. 


04/22/2015 12:14 PM
How stereotypes stop you being you

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.


04/22/2015 11:16 AM
Why media images can ruin girls' lives

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.


04/20/2015 12:20 PM
'Sharp rise' in 11-13 year-old girls feeling unhappy and anxious

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.

Sad girl

04/16/2015 12:32 PM
LGBTQ+ glossary for parents

04/15/2015 10:07 AM
Online risk: myths and facts

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?


04/15/2015 08:45 AM
Boys and self-harm: facts and tips

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.


04/10/2015 10:12 AM
Internet porn: top tips for how to respond

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.


04/10/2015 09:44 AM
Is internet porn affecting children's happiness?

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.


03/30/2015 09:50 AM
Self-harm - what parents should know

Why do young people self harm and what can you do to help them?

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03/30/2015 09:48 AM
Eight useful facts about sexually transmitted infections

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.  

FPA

03/24/2015 02:21 PM
What is digital literacy?

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.

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03/23/2015 01:05 PM
Mental health - not the fault of bad parenting

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.

Black cloud

03/04/2015 03:41 PM
At risk of sexual exploitation? - know the signs

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.

troubled-looking girl

03/04/2015 12:42 PM
Revenge porn - now a criminal offence

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?

Ministry of Justice's Revenge porn campaign

02/27/2015 03:28 PM
Three top tips for building your child’s online resilience

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?

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02/26/2015 03:53 PM
Money matters for parents of disabled children

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.

Money

02/26/2015 03:31 PM
Self-injury and children with intellectual disabilities: what parents should know

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.


02/26/2015 03:24 PM
Learning disabilities, autism and internet safety

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. 

Internet brain

02/25/2015 12:58 PM
Sex and relationships online: how you can help

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?


02/24/2015 01:05 PM
If you find out your child has been sexually abused or exploited…

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.


02/19/2015 01:04 PM
How to talk to your child about mental health - even at primary school
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02/11/2015 03:00 PM
What is a digital tattoo?

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. 


02/11/2015 01:23 PM
Supporting your child’s education - five top tips for dads

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. 

Fatherhood

02/11/2015 01:17 PM
How old does your child have to be to...

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.

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02/05/2015 04:30 PM
Where do I report if I'm worried about my child's safety online?

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.


02/05/2015 04:25 PM
Self-harm: facts for parents

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.


01/30/2015 02:22 PM
Relationships - good for your health

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.

Elephant friends

01/20/2015 03:27 PM
Why should everyone learn to code?

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.

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01/20/2015 03:04 PM
Research urgently needed on the impact of the internet on mental health, say MPs

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.

Houses of Parliament

01/16/2015 12:30 PM
Five rights to change the internet

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. 

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01/16/2015 11:48 AM
Preventing abuse - how to minimise the risks

Abusers rely on secrecy. Here are the Lucy Faithfull Foundation's tips for things to look out for and how to respond.

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01/16/2015 11:36 AM
Spotting the signs of abuse

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. 

People walking through woods

01/16/2015 11:17 AM
How do abusers do what they do?

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation explains the workings of the grooming process.

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01/15/2015 03:41 PM
Who are abusers and why aren't we better at spotting them?

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. 

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12/11/2014 03:13 PM
Gambling – questions to ask

Is gambling an addiction like drugs? And is your child at risk of becoming a problem gambler?

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12/11/2014 11:27 AM
How does your child’s internet use compare?

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...

Connected

11/26/2014 01:51 PM
What is - and isn't - legal online?

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).

Off-limits online

11/26/2014 12:39 PM
Guidelines for underage drinking – Scotland

The Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation for Scotland.

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11/26/2014 12:37 PM
Guidelines for underage drinking – Wales

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.

Wine glasses

11/26/2014 12:30 PM
Alcohol – the law

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.

Alcohol and the law

11/25/2014 03:30 PM
Pick up artists and negging
PUAs

11/20/2014 02:22 PM
Tips for talking about alcohol

Our checklist of top tips for guarding your child against trouble with drink...

Alcohol

11/13/2014 03:14 PM
Guidelines for underage drinking – England
Alcohol

11/11/2014 01:48 PM
How big an issue is alcohol for teens?

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.

Alcohol and teens

11/07/2014 03:10 PM
Consent – when has someone agreed to sex?
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11/03/2014 03:21 PM
Cannabis, skunk and the teenage brain
Brain

09/24/2014 09:26 AM
Five tips for helping your kids recognise unhealthy relationships – on and offline

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?

Relationships

09/24/2014 09:23 AM
Three tips for raising a child with a healthy body image

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.

Body image

09/24/2014 09:21 AM
Three tips for starting a difficult conversation with your child

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.

Family

09/12/2014 11:28 AM
Social media - are young people addicted?

‘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.’

Social media

09/12/2014 11:15 AM
Should parents worry about what their kids are doing online?

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?

Computer gaming

09/12/2014 10:36 AM
Digital natives – are they really?

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...

Children at screens

09/09/2014 11:36 AM
When parents split up - managing contact

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.

Splitting

09/09/2014 10:52 AM
When parents split up - a guide to the legal terms
Broken key

09/09/2014 10:18 AM
When parents split up - FAQs on residency

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.

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09/04/2014 11:54 AM
Young people and suicide

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.

Bench silhouette

09/01/2014 12:16 PM
What is female genital cutting and why does it happen?

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?

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09/01/2014 11:26 AM
What can parents do to reduce the risk of problem gambling for their children?

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.

Aces

08/29/2014 11:57 AM
Gambling and children - a problem?

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?

Gambling

06/26/2014 12:01 PM
Ask.fm – what you need to know

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.

Ask.fm

06/25/2014 12:46 PM
Body confidence - how you can help

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?

Teens and body image

06/18/2014 12:53 PM
CEOP's video: talking about pornography

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.

Porn button

06/09/2014 10:47 AM
Top tips if your child is being bullied

Alex Holmes, anti-bullying programme manager for the Diana Award, outlines some useful things to do if your child is being bullied.

Reaching out

06/04/2014 08:48 AM
Setting filters on YouTube

YouTube's SafetyMode allows parents to restrict the content their children see. Here's our quick'n'dirty guide to setting it up.

YouTube

06/04/2014 08:43 AM
Setting filters on Google

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.

Filtering

06/04/2014 06:45 AM
When you want to have a conversation about sex

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.

Face to face

06/04/2014 06:34 AM
What goes on behind closed bedroom doors

Brook's Richard Essery on how to deal with your child's developing sexuality, and the still-taboo topic of masturbation.

Closed doors

06/04/2014 06:21 AM
When you think your child may be gay

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.

Rainbow steps

06/04/2014 06:17 AM
Q&A about sex and teens with Brook
Brook provides free and confidential advice for young people on sex and relationships. Here, Brook's Richard Essery answers some parents' FAQs Holding hands

06/03/2014 04:25 PM
When your child is being bullied online

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.

Bullying

05/30/2014 05:27 PM
What if you’re worried about your child’s mental health?

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.

Crayon drawing

05/30/2014 05:22 PM
Sexual health
In this video, Simon Blake from Brook talks about what to do when it's too embarrassing to talk to your child about sex. Couple in doorway

05/30/2014 05:19 PM
Online sexual abuse

In this video, Jonathan Baggaley explains how CEOP can help parents who are worried about online abuse.

Shadow

05/30/2014 04:52 PM
Phone safety and selfies

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.

Group selfie

05/29/2014 08:10 AM
What kind of parent are you?

There are three main styles of parenting. Which one best describes you? 

Parenting

05/28/2014 08:00 AM
Instagram – what are the issues?

Some tips on responsible – and safe – use of Instagram.

Online safety for children

05/26/2014 09:38 AM
Cyberbullying

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.

Cyberbullying

05/24/2014 01:23 PM
Filters and beyond – facts and figures

What are children really seeing online? Do parental filters work? Our stats may surprise you...

Technology

05/24/2014 01:22 PM
Where to go for help with problems your child is having online

Support organisations for young people and parents who are concerned about what young people are having to deal with online.

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05/24/2014 01:11 PM
Reporting unwanted content

If your child has come across something upsetting online - or something you think may be illegal - here's what to do about it.

Covering eyes

05/24/2014 01:01 PM
Sex and violence online – and how to avoid it

Worried that your child may be accessing undesirable content online? Try our checklist of precautions and ways to respond.

Computer memory

05/24/2014 12:57 PM
Unwanted images – everywhere?

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?

Teen and father at screen

05/24/2014 12:53 PM
How can I talk to my child about unhealthy images?

Your child is probably going to come across unwanted images online. Not an easy topic for discussion. So how do you broach the subject?

Phone images

05/24/2014 12:45 PM
Should I be concerned about internet porn?

How likely is your child to come across porn on the internet?


05/23/2014 03:30 PM
Self-harm: a new epidemic?

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?

Self-harm

05/22/2014 02:59 PM
Instagram FAQs

Instagram is now bigger than Twitter. What's the big attraction? And is there anything you need to know?

Online safety for children

05/22/2014 02:19 PM
Mental health and young people – the background

What does good mental health look like when it comes to young people?

Good mental health

05/22/2014 01:58 PM
Talking about sex

Justin Hancock, author of Talking To Teens About Sex, explains how to avoid stuttering about the birds and the bees

Conversation bubbles

05/22/2014 01:41 PM
How to open a difficult conversation

CEOP's tips for ways to start a conversation with your teenager – and where to take it after that.

Stormy weather family

05/16/2014 03:44 PM
Abortion – what should I tell my child?

Laura Hurley of Brook offers some ideas for tackling the topic of abortion with your child - and explains why she thinks you should.

Brook

05/16/2014 03:29 PM
Depression

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.

Silhouette

05/16/2014 02:38 PM
Your child’s digital footprint

What goes online stays online. Some advice to help you and your child understand the long-term implications of publishing all about your life.

12 year-old boy sitting and looking inscrutable

05/16/2014 01:54 PM
Online teen speak - updated

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. 

Teens

05/16/2014 01:18 PM
How much time do children spend online?

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?

Internet

05/16/2014 11:56 AM
Sexting – what can you do if an image is out there

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?

Looking out window

05/16/2014 11:52 AM
How much sexting goes on?

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?

Camera

05/16/2014 11:37 AM
Sexting

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?

Texting

05/16/2014 10:46 AM
Digital parenting tips

Top tips on staying up-to-date with what your children are doing online.

Digital parenting

05/16/2014 09:55 AM
Snapchat – what to do if you’re worried

Does the fact that photos disappear from Snapchat make it completely safe to use? If things do go wrong, what can you do?

Keeping safe on snapchat

05/16/2014 09:46 AM
Making Snapchat work for you

How to be a bit more careful, and a bit better informed, when using Snapchat.

Keeping safe on snapchat

05/15/2014 10:29 AM
Snapchat FAQs

What do you need to know about Snapchat?

Keeping safe on snapchat

05/04/2014 01:29 PM
Making the most of parents’ evenings


It pays to be prepared for parents' evenings...

School stairs

05/04/2014 01:27 PM
Sleep

Teenagers have very different sleep patterns from younger children or indeed adults. So should you be telling them to go to bed?

Sleep

05/04/2014 01:25 PM
Homework and beyond

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?

Homework

05/04/2014 01:22 PM
Before and after school

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.

Kids at school