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Pro-ana and pro-mia: the dangers of pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia sites for young people

A parent’s guide to pro-ana and pro-mia websites. What effect could they have on your child if they have an eating disorder?

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Self-harm: facts for parents

What do you do when you discover your child is self-harming? Consultant psychiatrist Dr Andrew Hill-Smith offers advice on how you can help your child

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Selfies: the good, the bad and the downright irritating

Selfie

91% of teens have taken a selfie. Should parents be worried or are they just harmless fun?

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Support for children who have experienced crime

victim support

Children and young people can experience significant levels of crime and victimisation. Here's how as a parent or carer you can help your child be safer.

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Talking to your child about suicidal thoughts

Suicide, suicidal thoughts, 13 Reasons Why

​There has been substantial media coverage of the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why. The drama has been accused of inaccurately portraying, or even glamourising, suicide. Dr Alys Cole-King Clinical Director, of the Social Enterprise Connecting with People, and Dr Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health, offer advice to parents on talking to their children about the programme and its difficult subject matter

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Talking about alcohol with your child: a parent's guide

Alcohol

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

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Teenage pregnancy: how you can help your child

Your son or daughter hasn't only been having sex – now they or their partner is pregnant. Bekki Burbidge of the FPA looks at your options

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Top tips if your child is being bullied

Reaching out

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

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Underage drinking: how big an issue is alcohol for teens?

Alcohol and teens

Children and alcohol: a parent's guide

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Understanding binge eating disorder

Binge eating disorder: a parent's guide

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Understanding anorexia nervosa

Black cloud

Anorexia is a serious disease that can affect children and young people and sufferers are often secretive about their suffering. We explain how to spot the symptoms and what to do if you're concerned about your child

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What I wish my parents had told me about HIV as a gay teenager

HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with other men aged 15-to-24 have doubled in recent years. Here's what one gay man wishes he'd known as a teenager 

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