Category Archive: Teen Safety

Apr 26

Does your pre-teen have a Facebook page?

It’s all too easy for 11 / 12 ‘somethings’ to want to be part of the social network scene – why? – because their peers do and it appears it’s the way most now communicate. I wonder why that is – I know technology is second nature to kids nowadays but how sad it is …

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Feb 03

Is it ok for parents to let children’s boyfriend or girlfriend stay at home?

Call me old-fashioned but something caught my attention in the tube the other day. A couple of teenagers were cuddling-up and kissing in the seats opposite whilst the girl’s mum sat next to them. I know she was the girl’s mum because they looked like twins born 30 years apart. They seemed to be in …

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Oct 18

The average age of a child’s first unsupervised drink is just under 14 years old

   Early intervention is best. It is vitally important to educate your child about the effects of alcohol before they become teenagers. Giving children the facts about alcohol from an early age ensures they have accurate information to understand or challenge what their friends tell them and to make responsible drinking decisions when they are faced …

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Sep 26

Britain’s biggest drinks company is accused of ‘targeting children’

Diageo has commissioned a multi-million-pound campaign that will see vodka advertisements appear on Facebook, where tens of thousands of youngsters visit every day Facebook insists the advertisements will be displayed only on areas of the site that cannot be seen by anyone under 18. But we all know that Facebook has no way of preventing children …

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Aug 23

Have you ever humiliated your child in public?

I was in a department shop once when a mother screamed and humiliated her twin 5 year olds who hid behind the fashions she was picking out in embrassment. I was a young 20 something and questioned the mother as to what they had done to deserve such madness. She yelled at me asking if I has …

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Jul 14

Fathers incentivise children with double pocket money

I recently had two quite unrelated conversations with Dads about their children’s pocket money. I expected to have a conversation about difficult times and how in this economic climate children should learn to expect less. But instead they both talked about the need to educate their kids in learning more about how to handle money …

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Jul 05

As many as 1 in 10 grandparents may be looking after their grandchildren

Grandparents play a vital role in children’s lives providing love and a sense of belonging to the family. Retirement is a time for grandparent’s to sit back, relax and enjoy spending time with their family. Over 200,000 grandparents, however, are acting as full time parents to their grandchildren and are experiencing the highs and lows …

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May 26

Twenty, 14 year olds at my daughters school were suspended last week for minor drug taking! Gasp!

The story unwinds:  one girl brought the ‘poppers’ into the school having exchanged her watch for these substances at a party. I don’t suppose she had much idea what they were or their consequences; it was fun, a daring act, one that might make her popular, even hip/cool – she offered them around to her …

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May 18

How to Disable Photo Tagging in Facebook

Despite photo tagging being one of the more popular features on Facebook, some people may find it annoying and intrusive when it happens without their permission. Moreover, figuring out how to disable or “opt out” of photo tagging isn’t as simple as it should be; digging through Facebook’s Privacy Settings can quickly become an overwhelming …

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Apr 27

Royal Wedding Preparation

The event of the year will be taking place this Friday as we all are well aware by now. Whether you’re a royalist or anti-royal, it will be a day of celebration for the country. The only question remaining is: how will you be celebrating? Most schools will be off and many businesses will be …

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