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Teenagers online: a crash course for the clueless parent

A study this week found many parents have no idea how to guide or keep their children safe on the internet. Here’s how I confess, I don’t know my Tumblr from my Flickr, declare video games a bore and have resisted an online presence. I’m a typically ignorant parent; a cyber-snob. I have three sons [&hellip

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High Investment Parenting — the HIP way to bring up your kids

Middle-class parents intent on giving their kids the childhood they never had may be putting their families at risk My husband and I were out for dinner; spruced up, child-free, and sipping from goldfish bowl-sized wine glasses. Optimal conditions for romance. But there was only one line of chat. Our seven-year-old had ripped his trousers, [&hellip

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Anger grows over the games that charge children for ‘sneaky’ extras

PRESSURE is growing on video game and console makers to overhaul the charging systems that allow children to buy expensive “extras”, leaving parents with unexpected bills running to hundreds of pounds. A poll of 1,300 parents, by Netmums for The Sunday Times, revealed that 21% had faced large bills after a child bought game extras, [&hellip

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Loss of parent in childhood increases risk of early death

People who lose a parent during childhood are 50 per cent more likely to die young themselves, a vast Scandinavian study has concluded. Those bereaved as children were more likely to die by their forties from almost all causes, according to researchers who urge better care for children who lose a parent. Early deaths are [&hellip

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