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    Unwinding online: the rise of ASMR

    We talk about ‘detoxing’ and ‘taking a break’ when we want to escape the stress digital tech can bring. But the internet itself also offers new ways of unwinding. One of the most peculiar – and popular with young people – is ASMR.

  • Health and wellbeing

    What to do if your child is self-harming

    Self-harm: expert advice on how to help you and your child through this difficult and emotional time

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    Six fun online activities to boost your child’s digital resilience

    While it's true that things can go wrong online, most children only have positive experiences. Here are some fun online activities your child can enjoy during lockdown which will also help boost their digital resilience

     

  • Health and wellbeing

    Strong, not skinny: encouraging a healthier relationship with food

    Children and young people may be at risk of developing unhealthy eating habits when they're hit with unrealistic body ideals on social media

  • Health and wellbeing

    Where can your child get mental health support online during lockdown?

    With the UK lockdown extended, you may be wondering how you can continue to support your child's emotional wellbeing during this unprecedented period. Here's our guide on where your child can get mental health support when you can't go and see anyone

  • Health and wellbeing

    Talking to your child about suicidal thoughts

    ​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

  • Health and wellbeing

    Building your child’s self-esteem through physical activity

    Exercise is a great way to stay healthy, improve mental wellbeing and learn new skills. Whether it’s a simple jog or being on the school netball team, it’s all worth it. 

  • Health and wellbeing

    Knife crime and if your child is in a gang: advice for parents

    Worried about the surge in knife crime in England and Wales? Think your child may be involved in a gang? Read our advice for parents from the Home Office

  • Health and wellbeing

    Gambling and young people: a parent’s guide

    Is gambling an addiction like drugs? And is your child at risk of becoming a problem gambler? Read our tips for parents

  • Health and wellbeing

    Cannabis, skunk and the teenage brain

    Advice for parents on cannabis, skunk and its reported links to mental health issues in young people

  • Health and wellbeing

    Legal highs - a parent's guide

    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. 

  • Health and wellbeing

    Mood-altering substances – everything you need to know

    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

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