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self-esteem

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

Body image and self-esteem

How the relationship between daughers and their fathers can affect their body image.

Body image and self-esteem

How learning to speak ‘teenage’ could help communication and build confident in your child.

self-esteem and body image

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

Teens and body image

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?

BDD

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

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.

Aces

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.

Gambling

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?

Playing cards

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

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. 

Laughing gas

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?

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?

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?

Brain

Cannabis is still the world’s most popular illegal drug worldwide - but in the UK, its use is falling.  For most people, cannabis is not a source of harm and is used to achieve a feeling of being relaxed and high.

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.

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

Alcohol

Drinkaware suggest following the Chief Medical Officer’s advice on underage drinking. 

In England, the guidelines are:

Alcohol

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

Alcohol and 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.

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. 

Wine glasses

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 and 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.

Wine glasses

The Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation for Scotland.

far right extremism

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

Syrian women in Homs 2012

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? 

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

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

youth volunteering children

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

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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?

We’ve answered some common questions about when your child is legally old enough to do some important things. 

Divorce advice for kids after Brangelina split

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

Family silhouette

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

Father and son

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

child painting

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

Happy Family Christmas

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

christmas dinner

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

Divorce and 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.

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. 

Family digital

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

children in care

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

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?

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. 

Sleep

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

Parenting

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

Splitting

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.

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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.

Broken key

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.

Saving for children

We wanted some tips to encourage children to save money – and the experts at MetroBank obliged…

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