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How to navigate the Christmas social minefield, made more complex by an increase in digital devices.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The growth of social media has brought with it some strange modern phenomena. One of the more recent ones is the viral online challenge...
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?
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…
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.
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.
Video games ratings explained in full.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The internet can help and encourage young people to help others. Here's how.
How to spot the signs and what you can do to help if your child is a sufferer.
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.
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.
Your child has come out. That’s great: it means that they feel confident about themselves and they are trusting you to be supportive.
But what do you actually say?
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?
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.
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?
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.
Did you know that, on average, three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health issue?
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.
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 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...
Our checklist of top tips for guarding your child against trouble with drink...
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.
‘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.
More than 120,000 families with dependent children separated in 2014. Roughly half of those couples who split were married and the other half were previously cohabiting.
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.
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 girls 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.
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