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The word 'gay' gets bandied about all the time - 90% of students said they had used it to mean 'useless' or 'rubbish' at least once. Here, Stonewall, which runs a homophobic, biphobic and transphobic antibullying campaign, explains why this is hurtful and can inflict long-term damage. There are also tips for helping young people who have been affected by this kind of bullying; plus advice on making sure that your child doesn't become one of the bullies.

Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying can be very painful but is extremely common. More than half of LGBT young people say they have been bullied at school. Here Stonewall offer some advice on how to help your child if they're on the receiving end and some sensible and sympathetic approaches if you find out that your child is among the bullies.

Kidscape bullying

Top tips for children and young people from Kidscape.

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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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Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour

Bullying Scotland

Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour

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.

Bullying

Alex Holmes, anti-bullying manager for the Diana Awards, offers advice on how to recognise bullying and what to do if your child is affected.

Reaching out

Alex Holmes, anti-bullying programme manager for the Diana Award, outlines some useful things to do if your child is being bullied.

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. 

Body confidence and self-esteem for teens

Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to you build your child's body confidence and self-esteem.

Body image and self-esteem

How the relationship between daughers and their fathers can affect their body image.

In a world that constantly tells young people how they should look and has a narrow definition of ‘beautiful’, how can we help them value how they look and stay true to themselves? 

boys and body image

Recent research shows that boys today also feel under pressure to look a certain way. How can parents support their son if they are affected?

ʻHelp young people see how the human body is amazing, no matter how it looks.ʼ

body confidence

Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to offer parents advice and information to help children and young people build confidence and feel good about themselves.

Body confidence and self-esteem for teens

Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to offer parents advice and information to help children and young people build confidence and feel good about themselves.

self-esteem

The Dove Self-Esteem Project has worked with experts from the fields of psychology, body image, self-esteem, eating disorders and media representation to create a resource offering parents advice on how to identify self-esteem issues you think may

Family banter bullying

When does family banter about teenagers' bodies turn to bullying?

Dove self-esteem project body confidence resources for teens

How parents can develop their listening skills to help their child open up about self-esteem issues.

Body image and self-esteem

How learning to speak ‘teenage’ could help communication and build confident in your child.

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How bullying outside the home can lead ot self-esteem issues for teens.

Teens and body image

Why are so many children dissatisfied with their appearance? What effect does this have on their school work and their confidence? What can you do to help?

BDD

Body dysmorphic disorder and helping to your child to build a healthy body image.

Body image

Being positive about eating and what people look like (and yes, we're afraid that means your own body, too) can make an enormous difference to how your child feels about their own appearance. Here are our guidelines for what (and what not) to do.

Playing cards

Is gambling an addiction like drugs? And is your child at risk of becoming a problem gambler?

Alcohol

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

youth volunteering children

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

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.

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

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.

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?

christmas dinner

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

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.

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. 

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.

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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.

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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.

Saving for children

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

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.  

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. 

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