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Justin Hancock, author of Talking To Teens About Sex, explains how to avoid stuttering about the birds and the bees

Get clued up on what's legal when it comes to contraception and sex for your teen.

Finding out your teen is already having sex can be a shock. Find out how best to handle the situation and support them. 

There can be few more horrifying things than finding out that your child has been sexually victimised. In the conflicting and overwhelming welter of emotions that follows, how you respond can make an enormous difference to their ability to cope and recover. CEOP's Dr Elly Hanson looks at what parents typically go through and offers clear guidelines on the best and most supportive response.

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Recent cases of grooming in Rotherham, Oxford and elsewhere have shocked parents and carers. Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation, Pace, here share what they've learned about the signs of sexual exploitation and the steps parents can take to keep their children safe from unhealthy relationships and grooming.

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CEOP explains how the abusers operate and what you can do to protect the children in your care.

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How CEOP Command brought a gang of online sexual predators to justice - and how you can help your child if they have been groomed

A number of factors are more likely to make a child vulnerable to grooming and sexual exploitation. Here, CEOP's Dr Helen Whittle outlines what factors put a child at risk - and what kinds of things make a child resilient and offer protection. 

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

How likely is your child to come across porn on the internet?

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Your child is probably going to come across unwanted images online. Not an easy topic for discussion. So how do you broach the subject?

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Why do young people self harm and what can you do to help them?

It can be extremely distressing to find out someone you love is self-harming. Consultant psychiatrist Dr Andrew Hill-Smith writes about how best to respond: what to say and when to hold back.

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CEOP's film explains what they are, and what parents should know about them.

The internet is a wonderful resource for young people and offers unprecedented opportunities for connecting and learning. But it can also be scary. Many parents are afraid their children will be exposed to upsetting content or meet dangerous people online. What are the facts about online risk?

You’ve probably heard of public shaming. It’s a centuries-old punishment, for anything from a crime to someone doing something others feel is morally wrong. But what is online shaming? And how does it differ?

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Support organisations for young people and parents who are concerned about what young people are having to deal with online.

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There are considerable benefits to internet use for young people with autism and learning disabilities, with lots of apps and specialist tools - but there are also risks. We look at how best to prepare your child. 

Fatherhood

Dads matter! And they particularly matter when it comes to reading. Jeremy Davies of The Fatherhood Institute offers his top tips for what dads can do particularly well. 

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SCHOOLS! Here's how to get Parent Info's expert information and advice on your own website for free.

A small proportion of the tech workforce is female, although this is where many of the jobs of the future are going to be. This can't be explained by biological differences - so it must be something to do with stereotypes. Read this and you might never describe someone as 'pretty as a princess' again.

Learning to read is vital for most of what comes after 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.

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Bulimia is the most common eating disorder. Here's Dr Pooky Knightsmith's advice on how to tell if your child is affected - and where to get help. 

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Anorexia is the best-known eating disorder, although not the commonest (that's bulimia). It's a serious disease and sufferers are often secretive about their suffering. We explain how to spot the symptoms and what to do if you're concerned.

It's unusual for young people with eating disorders to get better on their own. Here's our roundup of treatments available on the NHS and from other support services.

Broaching the subject of an eating disorder can be alarming. But the numbers of young people being treated in hospital for eating disorders are rising. It's a live issue for many parents. Here, with help from Beat, the leading charity supporting those with eating disorders and their families, we offer our tips for talking to your child.

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Hospital admissions for eating disorders among young people have almost doubled in three years. Here, Priory explains eating disorders and offers their advice on supporting your child's recovery. 

More young people are being admitted to hospital because of eating disorders. Is the internet part of the problem? We talk to Beat's Rebecca Field to find out. 

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The rise of viral fight videos and how to help your child if they are involved

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Most popular social media services don’t allow anyone under 13 to join. Even so, lots of younger children manage to set up accounts. What can you do?

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.

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91% of teens have taken a selfie. Should parents be worried or are they just harmless fun?

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Brook provides free and confidential advice for young people on sex and relationships. Here, Brook's Richard Essery answers some parents' FAQs

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. 

It's never been simple to teach your children about financial responsibility, but as cash becomes less common and new technologies become more prevalent, it can be a daunting prospect. This article gives you the inside track on how to help your children manage money in a digital world. 

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.

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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 a source of harm and is used to achieve a feeling of being relaxed and high.

Ecstasy use is on the rise among young people - why? And what should parents know about this drug? 

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LSD is one of the most famous hallucinogenic drugs. This year there has been an increase of 175% in the number of 16-to-24-year-olds admitting to using it.

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What goes online stays online. Some advice to help you and your child understand the long-term implications of publishing all about your life.

A tattoo is permanent, much like the information we post online. CEOP gives their top tips on making sure your child's online reputation is just as good as their offline one. 

Your child has come out. That’s great: it means that they feel confident about themselves and they are trusting you to be supportive.

But what do you actually say?

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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.

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If your child has come across something upsetting online - or something you think may be illegal - here's what to do about it.

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There are three main styles of parenting. Which one best describes you? 

The amazing Anne-Marie Imafidon (GCSE maths at 10, master's degree from Oxford at 20) talks about why she founded Stemettes and why it matters so much to get girls into science, tech, engineering and maths.  

Would you know what to do if you or a member of your family came across an illegal image online? The Internet Watch Foundation runs a hotline for reporting criminal online content in a secure and confidential way.

From the Home Office: tell-tale signs of gang involvement, and ways to prevent your child getting involved in the first place.

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. 

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. 

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