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Parent Info’s partner organisation, Parent Zone, began the conversation about the importance of promoting digital resilience in children and young people with its 2014 report with the Oxford Internet Institute,

online safety

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

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

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Video games ratings explained in full.

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.

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

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.

Digital parenting

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

Internet

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?

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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?

Online safety for children

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

Pokemon Go

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

social media

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

Snapchat

Everything you need to know about the hugely popular picture sharing app.

safety guide to Yellow app

Yellow 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.

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?

Computer memory

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

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...

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.

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

Family

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.

Phone 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?

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.

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

Relationships

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?

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.

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.

Boy at desk

Did you know that, on average, three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health issue?

Suicide, suicidal thoughts, 13 Reasons Why

​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

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.

Reaching out

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

Body confidence and self-esteem for teens

Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to offer parents advice and information to help children and young people build confidence and feel good about themselves.

Body confidence and self-esteem for teens

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

self-esteem

The Dove Self-Esteem Project has worked with experts from the fields of psychology, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders and media representation to create a resource offering parents advice on how to identify self-esteem issues you think may

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How bullying outside the home can lead ot self-esteem issues for teens.

body confidence

Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to offer parents advice and information to help children and young people build confidence and feel good about themselves.

Family banter bullying

When does family banter about teenagers' bodies turn to bullying?

Dove self-esteem project body confidence resources for teens

How parents can develop their listening skills to help their child open up about self-esteem issues.

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.

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?

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.

Alcohol

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

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.

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.  

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