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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?

Using smartphone

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

Internet brain

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. 

Advice to parents on how much screen time small children should have has changed - basically, from 'none' to 'it's OK to have some.' Here are our commonsensical top tips on how to manage infants' screen time to make sure they develop healthily and happily without making life impossible for you.

Teens

Wondering what your children are tapping into their phones? Or, in fact, what it means? Here's our parent's guide to some popular teen chat acronyms and slang words. 

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. 

CEOP documentary

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. 

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.

Images of women in the media that focus entirely on physical appearance are so common that most of the time most of us don't even notice them. But what effect are they having on girls' assumptions about their future? Lia Latchford and Ikamara Larasi of Msunderstood offer advice on helping girls to understand and resist stereotypes.

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. 

The numbers of young people admitted to hospital with eating disorders have doubled in the last three years, according to the NHS. Pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites are widely seen as a big part of the problem. We look at what these sites are and why they're seen as so toxic. 

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.

12 year-old boy sitting and looking inscrutable

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. 

Phone images

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

Porn button

Pornography is more available than ever before, thanks to the internet. It can also be a hideously embarrassing subject to broach with your child. In this video, CEOP's Jonathan Baggaley offers some tips for opening non-awkward discussions.

Online porn is everywhere - only a couple of clicks away in the playground or a friend's bedroom. Many older children, as well as some younger ones, have seen something that you (and quite possibly they) would rather they hadn't. Here are Dr Elly Hanson's tips for how to address this very tricky issue without feeling embarrassed or making your child feel awkward.

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?

Gay men have a 'morning after' pill too - but many gay teenagers still don't know about it. And in fact, you don't have to take it the morning after - it's effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. Little as you want to think about your child having unprotected sex, it does happen - and it's as well they know that there is something they can take to prevent them from developing HIV. Here's what one gay man wishes he'd known as a teenager.

Covering eyes

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

Boys on a beach with wild waves

Abusers rely on secrecy. Here are the Lucy Faithfull Foundation's tips for things to look out for and how to respond.

Shadow

In this video, Jonathan Baggaley explains how CEOP can help parents who are worried about online abuse.

Relationships

What is an abusive relationship? How do you spot when someone is trying to exercise too much control over you? And how to warn your child against relationships that are going to hurt them?

Parenting

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.

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.

Ask.fm

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.

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.

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. 

The big move up to secondary school is a bit scary - so what if they're still not settling in after a few weeks? Here are our tips on how to support them through the common teething problems.

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.

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. 

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.

Self-harm

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?

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.

Minecraft is phenomenally popular, especially with primary school children. Sometimes described as Lego for the digital age, it is absorbing, creative and educational - but, as with any online activity, it's as well to be aware of the basics of staying safe. Here's our guide to helping your child make the most of Minecraft.

FPA

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can affect anyone who's had sex, even if only once. Which doesn't quite seem fair, but that's infections for you. Young people aged under 25 have higher rates of STIs than other groups, so it's worth being aware of what the risks are, how to guard against them, where to go if you're worried and what, as a parent, you should be advising.  

Couple with umbrella

The issue of consent has recently been in the news: Cambridge University is considering introducing classes on consent after a high number of students reported experiencing assault, harassment and unwelcome touching.

Group selfie

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.

Crayon drawing

In this video, Claire Usiskin from YoungMinds talks about warning signs to look out for if you're concerned about your child's mental health - and what to do.

Aces

Paul Buck had a great job in finance until it was ruined by problem gambling. He believes the temptations to gamble are greater - and a lot more visible - for young people than they were when he was a teenager. Here he identifies the different stages when gambling becomes a problem and suggests where to go for help if you're concerned.

Cyberbullying

Alex Holmes, the Diana Award anti-bullying programme manager, was previously a victim of bullying and now runs the anti-bullying ambassadors programme. In this video, he explains what cyberbullying is, why it hurts - and what you can do about it.

Couple in doorway
In this video, Simon Blake from Brook talks about what to do when it's too embarrassing to talk to your child about sex.

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