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There's been quite a lot of interest recently in monitoring apps, which allow you to track your child, alerting you to where they are and what they're doing. Sounds like a brilliant idea, no? But experts warn you should think twice before putting your child under surveillance. We look at the pros and cons.

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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.

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There is deep concern about the impact the internet is having on families, especially on children and young people. iRights is a coalition calling for five basic rights that children and young people should have online. 

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Video: how to keep your child safe when using their mobilke phone

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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.

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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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What are children really seeing online? Do parental filters work? Our stats may surprise you...

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Too many children have memories of dull ICT lessons acquiring skills that will probably be outdated by the time they start work. But the new computing curriculum, introduced this school year, is a really exciting (and world-leading) development. Simon Humphreys of Computing at School explains why.

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PEGI ratings and video games: a parent's guide

Minecraft: what parents need to know

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Where to go for information on the video games your children will ask for this Christmas.

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.

Children need boundaries to make them feel safe - and to push against. This is as important online as off. The Parent Zone's Sophie Linington offers some tips on digital boundary-setting.

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...

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

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

Expert advice on how to talk to young children about sex and relationships

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There's some good news about young people's health (teen pregnancies down, smoking, drinking and drug taking down) but some not-so-good news (obesity and mental health problems up). A new report from Public Health England says that young people's mental and physical health are closely connected - and that relationships are the key to their health and wellbeing.

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CEOP's tips for starting a difficult conversation with your teenager – and where to take it after that

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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.

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Advice and support for parents who think their child is lesbian, gay, bi or trans

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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What parents need to know: the facts about the people who abuse children from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

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What are the warning signs that someone could be abusing your child? Donald Findlater of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation explains

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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

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

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

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Anxiety: how parents can help their children

Terrorism and trauma helping children cope

With graphic images being shown on the front pages of newspapers and on daily news bulletins, even very young children are exposed to upsetting information. 

A parent's guide to picky eating: how to help your child be more adventurous with food

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Many teens are chronically sleep-deprived. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers advice on how parents can help their child get a good night's sleep

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There's lots of advice online about healthy eating for children, but what do parents really need to know? Consultant dietitian Lucy Jones offers her top tips

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

Epilepsy Action Digital Media Manager Mark Morton talks about the different ways in which the digital world can offer young people living with epilepsy the support they need.

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Around 400 children in the UK suffers a stroke every year. Here, Dr Anne Gordon on behalf of the Stroke Association, explains more

 

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Schools are increasingly turning to mindfulness as a way of helping pupils relax, concentrate, and avoid distractions. But what is it - and will it help?

New research from the University of Glasgow shows that eating in front of a screen could be bad news for your child's health. 

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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1 in 10 children will experience a mental health problem. Here's how to help them

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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

Binge eating disorder: a parent's guide

Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma, clinical psychologist at Nightingale Hospital, shares her tips on how to help a child who is experiencing panic attacks

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Natasha Devon, the government’s Mental Health Champion for Schools, offers advice on how to help your child.

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

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Is depression a fact of teenage life? What are the signs of depression and what can you do if you're concerned that your child may be depressed? Young Minds' Lucy Maddox offers some advice.

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What does good mental health look like when it comes to young people?

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Are mental health problems rising in children and young people? And is the internet to blame? An influential committee of MPs calls for more support for mental illness among the young.

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When young people admit to having mental health problems, parents often blame themselves. There is still stigma and shame attached to this kind of illness, despite the fact that it's so common. But early diagnosis and treatment have been shown to work so it's important for parents to be open and supportive. Blaming yourself - or anyone else - doesn't help.

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National children’s charity, Kidscape, offers parents tips on how to help their children sif they are being bullied.

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