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Child gaming online

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

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.

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.

Kidscape bullying

Top tips for children and young people from Kidscape.

Jedidja

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

boys and body image

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?

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.

Father and son

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

Family silhouette

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

child painting

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

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.

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.

Mental health stigma

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

Pokemon Go

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

Keeping safe on snapchat

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

Keeping safe on snapchat

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

What do you need to know about Snapchat?

Online safety for children

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

Online safety for children

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

Children 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.

Sharenting

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

Going online

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.

social media

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

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

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

Safer Internet Day 2017

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

online safety

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

A parents guide to WhatsApp

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

Google screen grab - critical thinking

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

pegi descriptors

Video games ratings explained in full.

child looking at tablet

How the communications regulator tackles harmful or inappropriate material.

online safety advice for children

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

social media

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

Kik messenger

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

Boy on tablet

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

Internet troll

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

Family digital

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…

zoella, alfie deyes and louise pentland

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

viral internet trends

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

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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. 

Boys on mobile phones

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

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.

Terrorism and trauma helping children cope

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. 

YouTube

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

Filtering

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.

underwear rule nspcc

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

Ways the internet can be good for children and internet safety

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

youth volunteering children

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

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