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Laughing gas

Laughing gas, also known as ‘Noz’, has become increasingly popular among young people in the UK. So what is it - and what does it do to people who take it?

A recent survey shows that ecstasy and LSD use among 16-24-year-olds has increased by 84% and 175% respectively in the past year. Overall drug use has remained constant – so why are these two gaining popularity with young people?

The government has announced that it is to ban legal highs, currently available in 'head shops' up and down the country as well as online. Legal highs are new chemical compounds, untested and mysterious - so why have they become so popular and what effect will the ban have?

Brain

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? 

LSD

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.

Alcohol and teens

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.

Alcohol

Drinkaware suggest following the Chief Medical Officer’s advice on underage drinking. 

In England, the guidelines are:

Alcohol

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

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. 

Wine glasses

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 and the law

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.

Wine glasses

The Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation for Scotland.

far right extremism

How to spot the signs that your child could be vulnerable and what to do to protect them.

Syrian women in Homs 2012

All too often at the moment, we are hearing stories of young people leaving Britain to fight in Syria. They have come to the conclusion that they would be better off in a war zone than in the UK. What goes wrong? What are they looking for? And what do parents need to understand to stop this? 

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

Think your child may be involved in a gang? Advice from the Home Office on what to do.

youth volunteering children

The internet can help and encourage young people to help others. Here's how.

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130 million women worldwide are living with the impact of female genital cutting, also known as female genital mutilation or circumcision. What does it involve and what should you do if you know of someone who may be at risk?

Divorce advice for kids after Brangelina split

Online tools to help with organisation and communication if you are separated from your children's other parent.

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

Father and son

Advice on how to talk to your children about traumatic events.

child painting

What's the best solution for you and your family and what should you ask a potential carer?

Happy Family Christmas

Advice on making sure you have a harmonious holiday with children and relatives.

christmas dinner

How to navigate the Christmas social minefield, made more complex by an increase in digital devices.

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.

It can be challenging to manage family life as a parent of children with and without disabilities. Alison Thomas, campaigner for the rights of disabled children and their families, gives her personal advice. 

children in care

Looked after children can be more vulnerable to approaches online from strangers. CEOP offers tips on how to protect them.

Family digital

Here are our five top tips on enjoying tech together as a family.

Adopted children are more vulnerable to risks online, such as out-of-the-blue contact from birth families. What can parents do to help keep them safe?

Is sex and relationships education compulsory in schools? What is your child going to be told about puberty? When should you start raising the subject? And how?

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. 

Sleep

Teenagers have very different sleep patterns from younger children or indeed adults. So should you be telling them to go to bed?

Parenting

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

Splitting

When parents split up, they have to agree the contact arrangements for children. The Coram Children's Legal Centre outlines acceptable practice for contact, what to do when things go wrong, and some tips for making contact work for everyone.

Broken key

More than 120,000 families with dependent children separated in 2014. Roughly half of those couples who split were married and the other half were previously cohabiting.

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Residency is the legal term for where children live when their parents have split up. The Coram Children's Legal Centre answers some FAQs about living arrangements, formal and informal.

Saving for children

We wanted some tips to encourage children to save money – and the experts at MetroBank obliged…

Families money and finances

Some practical advice on how those raising a family on a low income can seek assistance. 

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.  

Money

Parents and carers of children with disabilities often face heavy costs. In this Q&A, Cerebra addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about benefits.

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. 

Back to school

Starting at a new school is one of the most daunting experiences we all face at a young age. Here are our top five tips to help your child tackle their first week with ease and confidence.

Coombe Boys' School Google Exhibitions

How the in-school virtual reality experience is bringing the world to life for secondary school students up and down the country.

tech careers

Expert advice on the wide variety of roles available.

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.

Kids at school

Children do better at school if their parents are involved in their education. That means taking an interest in what they’re doing academically – but it also means creating conditions that help them... here are some suggestions.

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