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Health and wellbeing

Mood-altering substances – everything you need to know

Maryon Stewart, founder of the Angelus Foundation (now Mentor UK), offers her expert advice on how to talk to your child about legal and illegal substances that may alter their mood or behaviour

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Health and wellbeing

When family banter turns toxic

Sad girl sitting with by herself

Families tease each other all the time. Banter is part of the way we bond. But when banter and teasing focus on appearance, we don’t always realise the effect it can have on the self-esteem of children.

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Games, apps and tech

Screen time and young children: finding a balance

Screen time: a common sense guide for parents

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Parenting

Online teen speak

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. 

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Safety and settings

When your child wants to use social media: a parent's guide

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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 parents do?

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Health and wellbeing

Reality TV - not real and quite depressing

Boy sitting in front of a TV

 A YouGov survey for the Foundation found that almost one in four 18-24-year-olds say reality television shows make them ashamed of their own appearance. In more than a third of viewers, this led to feelings of anxiety and depression.

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Games, apps and tech

VPNs: What are Virtual Private Networks?

A parent's guide to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) from NCA-CEOP’s Leah Buck

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Parenting

At what age can my child…?

What age can your child be left alone? When can they drink? We answer parents’ frequently asked questions about legal milestones in their children’s lives

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Health and wellbeing

Help! My child's phone has been stolen

Boys on mobile phones

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

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Parenting

What is - and isn't - legal online?

Off-limits online

The digital world is so new that half the time we don't know what the rules are. In fact, there are plenty of laws governing what you can and can't do online. Here's our guide to what you should and shouldn't be doing online (legally, anyway).

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Health and wellbeing

Helping your child cope with panic attacks

Panic attacks in children: a parent’s guide from Dr Bijal Chheda-Varma, clinical psychologist at Nightingale Hospital

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Parenting

How to protect your child from trolls

Internet troll

Sadly, once your child explores the online world, they may find a troll waiting for them. Here's how to help them cope.

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