young people

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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Is gambling an addiction like drugs? And is your child at risk of becoming a problem gambler? Read our tips for parents

Alcohol and the law

What’s the law on children and drinking alcohol? Read our quick guide to find out

PUAs

Negging is on the rise online as well as off. But what is it – and how can you help your child cope if it happens to them?

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Consent and teens: how to help your child understand that no means no

Brain

Advice for parents on cannabis, skunk and its reported links to mental health issues in young people

Relationships

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

Family

Sex, drugs, internet porn - no, no, no, you don't want to talk to your child about that! How embarrassing. Especially as you know hardly anything about any of it. But it's one of those jobs (like changing nappies) that parents are put on earth to do. Here are our tips for making it less of an ordeal.

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Ged Flynn of Papyrus, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, outlines what parents need to know if their child tries to take their life

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VIDEO: It can be a hideously embarrassing subject to talk to your child about porn. Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Linda Papadopolous and other experts offer tips for opening non-awkward discussions

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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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.

Face to face

Use these online advice services to help you prepare before talking to your child about sex, contraception and online safety

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

Bullying

Alex Holmes, deputy CEO of the Diana Award, offers advice on how to recognise bullying and what to do if your child is affected

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

Tips to pass on to your children on the responsible – and safe – use of Instagram

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.

Instagram is now bigger than Twitter. What's the big attraction? And is there anything parents and carers need to know?

Good mental health

What does good mental health look like when it comes to young people? Parent Info offers insight for parents from YoungMinds

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Justin Hancock, author of Talking To Teens About Sex, explains how to avoid being embarrassed talking about the birds and the bees with your child

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

Laura Hurley of Brook offers some ideas for tackling the topic of abortion with your child

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Advice for parents from Young Minds on helping your child if they’re depressed

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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.

Texting

What parents need to know about sexting

Digital parenting

Top tips on staying up-to-date with what your child is doing online

Keeping safe on snapchat

Snapchat: how tor react if things go wrong

Keeping safe on snapchat

How to be a bit more careful, and a bit better informed, when using Snapchat: a parent’s guide

Keeping safe on snapchat

Snapchat: what parents need to know