We have teamed up with Jane Petrie, a parenting advisor from the NSPCC and offered a Q&A session on concerns from parents on keeping their children safe. The topics raised were sensitive and hope the information is of interest to all parents as they raise worries that many of us face.
If the discussion triggers worries about your children, please contact one of our Family Support Workers who can help and support you if you have any concerns. You can email us, ...
- Think about how your family spends leisure time. After all, is playing on the computer any different to watching television all night?
- Agree the amount of time your child can spend on the computer every day. Be firm. Make sure your partner or ex backs you up and keeps to the rules when you are out.
- MSN messenger is a favourite for your child to talk to their friends. Think of it as alternative to phoning - and cheaper! Keep a time limit as you would with the phone.
- When buying computer games check if there is an age certificate, as some games have 'adult content'.
- If your child has already got a pattern of constantly being on the computer you may need to rethink your approach so that you meet half way.
- What checks have been done on staff? All staff and volunteers should go through a proper recruitment process, including interviews, references and necessary legal checks, such as with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).
- Does the group have a child protection policy and code of conduct?All organisations should have a child protection policy and a written code of conduct, outlining good practice when working with children and a clear procedure for dealing with concerns about possible abuse. They should be...
Keeping our children safe at all times is a big worry for most parents. We worry about them when they are at school, home or when they are playing out of sight. Family Lives understands the concern parents feel when letting their children explore their environment independently. We have compiled top tips in conjuction with SAFE network, here are 10 golden rules to help you keep your child safe while they develop their independence:
- Name, address, number: as soon as children are able to understand, teach them their full name, address and...
When most of us were children mobile phones didn’t even exist, so it can feel quite alien to us when our children feel the need to have one. The ever growing market has tapped into the technology-thirsty young generation and there are even mobile phones for four year olds! So when you start to get pestered for the latest all singing all dancing mobile phone, what pros and cons should you consider and what do other parents think is the ‘right’ age to say yes?
What parents considered when their child asked for a mobile phone…
- What would it cost them, not only for the first pay out but all the credit too?
- What would their children use it for?
- Would it be a distraction – were their children trying to be too grown-up? Would they be on their phone...
The Children’s Society’s latest research reignites the debate around smacking and parenting in the UK.
The fact that a high percentage of parents are wary of allowing their children out in the evening yet do not worry about smacking children is clearly of concern. The reality is children in the UK face a risk of about one in a million of being killed by a stranger*.
A recent YouGov Poll commissioned by Parentline Plus and Living Streets found that 60% of parents fear their child will be killed or injured in a road traffic accident, abducted or murdered when out unaccompanied. Smacking however, can also potentially cause untold physical and emotional harm to a child.
Many parents contact Parentline Plus wanting to find alternative ways to discipline their...
Years ago, most primary school children walked to school. Today less than half do so. More and more parents take their children to school by car and that is causing problems – for the environment, for our children’s health, and for their development. Many parents fear letting their children walk to school at any age - yet the benefits of regular walking are immense. We asked some parents to tell us their views on whether they would allow their children to walk to school. Listen to our podcast to hear what some of them they had to say. We also spoke to Living Streets, which runs the Walk to School campaign which encourages parents to let their children walk to school, to ask them to respond to some of the concerns of our parents.
Family lives, in association with SAFE network offers the following advice: If you suspect that a child is not being looked after properly, it can be difficult to know what to do for the best, especially if you don’t know the child involved. Parents tend to act on instinct in order to protect their children, and if you feel that another child is being abused or neglected, you should try to do something about it. You may feel embarrassed, cautious, or fearful of how the child’s parent or carer might react. However, in a situation where you fear a child may be in danger, you must not ignore it, even if you feel like you’re being intrusive. Talk about it
- If you know the child’s parents, try to...
1. Which of these are signs that a child is being abused?
a) sudden weight loss
b) bruises or burns in unusual places
c) appearing over dressed
d) appearing under dressed
e) changeable emotions such as depression or worry
f) fear of particular adults
2. What is the legal minimum age...
A recent report on online gaming by Sweden’s Youth Care Foundation described the extremely popular multi-player game World of Warcraft as “more addictive than crack cocaine”. The series of Top Tips are available at www.gotateenager.org.uk/onlinegaming and will help parents to develop strategies to tackle this phenomenon. Jeremy Todd, Parentline Plus Chief Executive, said: “Parentline Plus recognises that parents with teenagers can find it difficult to cope at times and online gaming can lead to conflict within families if agreements about usage are not made and adhered to. Our Top Tips will help parents improve their relationships with teenagers and resolve any potential arguments around...
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