Maryon Stewart, founder of the Angelus Foundation (now Mentor UK), offers her expert advice on how to talk to your child about legal and illegal substances that may alter their mood or behaviour
It’s important that children and teenagers feel able to talk to and relate to people as they grow up, so they can share experiences, develop their confidence and know that they’re not alone, but this can be particularly difficult for LGBTQ+ children and young people. Here, we look at some ways they can interact with their peers safely. By Parent Zone’s Yusuf Tamanna.
We’ve answered some common questions about when your child is legally old enough to do some important things.
As fresh-faced teens across the country starting to pack up their rooms to fly the nest, here are some practical tips for parents to pass on to their children on how best to prepare for university.
Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps out there. Here's what parents need to know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is gambling an addiction like drugs? And is your child at risk of becoming a problem gambler?
The Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation for Scotland.
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 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.
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.
The issue of consent has recently been in the news: Cambridge University is considering introducing classes on consent after a high number of stude
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
What is an abusive relationship? Follow this advice on how to warn your child against relationships that could be unhealthy
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.
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.
Alex Holmes, anti-bullying programme manager for the Diana Award, outlines some useful things to do if your child is being bullied.
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.
Brook's Richard Essery on how to deal with your child's developing sexuality, and the still-taboo topic of masturbation.
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.
Brook is a charity that provides free and confidential advice for young people on sex and relationships. Here, Brook's Richard Essery answers questions from parents on how to talk to teens about sex.
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.
Worried that your child may be accessing undesirable content online? Try our checklist of precautions and ways to respond.
How likely is your child to come across porn on the internet?
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?
What does good mental health look like when it comes to young people?
Justin Hancock, author of Talking To Teens About Sex, explains how to avoid stuttering about the birds and the bees