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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. Here’s our guide for parents.

Tips for parents on helping your child make the most of Minecraft

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

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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.

Filters and parental controls won't keep your children safe online, but they are a useful first line of defence. Here's what parents need to know

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Whether they’re playing games or learning, your child will almost certainly share personal information while they’re online. Here’s how to help them reduce the risks

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Cybercrime: a parent's guide to keeping your kids safe

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What to do if your child has come across something upsetting or illegal online

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Here's how to set parental controls on apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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

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Looked after children can be more vulnerable to approaches online from strangers. Here, NCA-CEOP offers some tips to carers on how to protect them – and how they can learn to protect themselves

Facebook Secret Conversations allows your child to send and receive private messages and images you won’t be able to see, even if you have the log in details to their account. Here’s what parents need to know

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

Adopted children are more vulnerable to risks online, such as contact from birth families. What can parents do to help keep them safe? Read our advice from NCA-CEOP

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Tips for parents on protecting your child from abuse, by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation

Monitoring apps: the pros and cons of apps that let you to virtually follow your child

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Advice from Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation on the signs of sexual exploitation and the steps parents can take to keep their children safe from online grooming

Suspicious about someone your child is talking to online? Worried your child may be a victim of online sexual abuse or exploitation? Read this advice from NCA-CEOP, the child protection command of the National Crime Agency to find out where and when to report

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Digital literacy and online resilience: a parent’s guide

The National Crime Agency’s CEOP command has created an interactive game that can help you start conversations with your child about making safer choices online.

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A quick guide to LGBTQ+ terms.

Relationships

How can your child spot relationships that are going to hurt them? Read our parent guide to abusive relationships and what to do about them

Sex and relationships education (SRE): a parent's guide for primary school age children

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

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Expert advice from Stemettes on the huge choice of jobs your child could go into if they study STEM subjects at school

How to help your child manage money in a digital world

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Helping your child cope with exam stress: top tips for parents

Stemettes’ founder Anne-Marie Imafidon on why it matters to get girls into STEM.  

It's the end of the summer term, with mixed emotions for some children who are moving on. But there are also practical things to consider. Here are our tips for being super-organised for the move to secondary school in September. 

Back to school

Five tips to help your child tackle their first week at a new school with ease and confidence.

Gender stereotypes could affect girls and boys' job prospects in the future. Here's how parents can help

A parent's guide to managing your child’s homework effectively

Fatherhood

Jeremy Davies of The Fatherhood Institute offers his top tips for what dads can do particularly well. 

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Simon Humphreys of Computing at School explains why coding is cool

Learning to read is vital for most of what comes afterwards in school (and the rest of your life!) but it can sometimes feel like a chore. Neurologist Dr Judy Willis offers her top tips for making the process as smooth and pleasurable as possible while below, we look at some online resources you can download for your child at home

The big move up to secondary school can be a bit scary. Here are our tips on how to support your child through some common teething problems.

Binge eating disorder: a parent's guide

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Natasha Devon, former Government Mental Health Champion for Schools, offers advice on how to help your child

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Self-esteem: a parent’s guide from Young Minds

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If your child's mobile phone is stolen: how to help them recover – and stop it happening again.

Panic attacks in children: a parent’s guide from Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma, clinical psychologist at Nightingale Hospital

Video: Claire Usiskin from YoungMinds talks about warning signs parents should look for and how you can respond if you're concerned about your child's mental health

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The news is worrying. Children are understandably anxious about constant talk of disease, infection rates, and hospitals under pressure. It can seem daunting to explain what's going on when even scientists don't have all  the answers. Here are our tips for getting started with a conversation.

How to look after your family’s mental health when you’re stuck indoors

With schools closing and many adults working from home, families are going to be cooped up – and that may present some difficulties for children and their parents. Here are our tips for keeping everyone’s spirits up as much as possible as we self-isolate.

Seeing your child scratching, biting, hitting or banging their head can be incredibly distressing - but it's a not uncommon experience for parents of children with intellectual disabilities. Cerebra explain self-injury and what parents can do.

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Schools are turning to mindfulness as a way of helping pupils relax, concentrate, and avoid distractions. But what is it – and could it help your child?

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Anxiety: how parents can help their children

Dr Hayley Van Zwanenberg, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Priory Wellbeing Centre Oxford, offers advice on how to help your child understand anxious feelings.

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Three children in every classroom has a diagnosable mental health issue. Read our advice from Place2Be to help your child if they are one of them

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