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As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign, there is a free online safety guide for schools to share with parents and carers about Kik Messenger; a free messaging app aimed at users aged thirteen and over. Used by more than 300 million people worldwide, Kik lets users exchange messages, photos, videos, GIFs and web pages with friends, family, chatbots and even strangers.

Unlike WhatsApp, Kik doesn’t require a user to sign up with a phone number. Instead, friends can be added via their username, making it easier for users to receive unwanted contact from strangers. Police in the UK issued a safety warning earlier in the year, claiming that Kik has featured in ‘more than 1,100 child sexual abuse cases in the last five years’ and that ‘children are at risk’ on the app. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45568276). Please click on the link for further details. 

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Advice for parents on the security risks of smart toys that talk to the internet – and perhaps other people you don’t want them to

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Top tips on how to help your child make their online presence work for them and create a positive digital footprint

Dealing with in-game abuse can be extremely upsetting, distressing and draining. Liam Hacket from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label gives advice on what your child should do if they are being subjected to in-game bullying

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Separating online risk from things that could actually cause children harm: a parent’s guide

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The risks and opportunities that children face when using live streaming social media apps including Live.me

Viral challenges continue to shape a lot of young people’s experiences online. fare harmless and just good fun, but some are more sinister and could pose risks. Here's what parents need to know

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What parents need to know about Kik Messenger, with advice from NCA-CEOP

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Here are some ways to start a conversation with your child about edited images. 

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Here are some ways that you can help foster a healthy self-esteem in your child.

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Parent Info has partnered with the Dove Self-Esteem Project to offer parents advice and information to help children and young people build confidence and feel good about themselves.

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The National Crime Agency’s CEOP command has created an interactive game that can help you start conversations with your child about making safer choices online.

The National Crime Agency’s CEOP command has created an interactive game that can help you start conversations with your child about making safer choices online.

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Here's how to set parental controls on apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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Tips for parents on protecting your child from abuse, by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation

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The NSPCC explains how a simple conversation will help to keep your child safe from sexual abuse on and offline

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

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Advice on how to be an effective parent or step parent within a blended family

A quick guide to LGBTQ+ terms. 

Your child has come out. That’s great: it means that they feel confident about themselves and they are trusting you to be supportive.

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SCHOOLS! Here's how to get Parent Info's expert information and advice on your own website for free.

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It's the end of the summer term, with mixed emotions for some children who are moving on. But there are also practical things to consider. Here are our tips for being super-organised for the move to secondary school in September. 

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Five tips to help your child tackle their first week at a new school with ease and confidence.

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Learning to read is vital for most of what comes afterwards in school (and the rest of your life!) but it can sometimes feel like a chore. Neurologist Dr Judy Willis offers her top tips for making the process as smooth and pleasurable as possible while below, we look at some online resources you can download for your child at home

The big move up to secondary school can be a bit scary. Here are our tips on how to support your child through some common teething problems.

A parent's guide to managing your child’s homework effectively

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Jeremy Davies of The Fatherhood Institute offers his top tips for what dads can do particularly well. 

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Sometimes having low self-esteem can make it difficult for your child to deal with their anger. Here are some instances when angry outbursts may be linked to low self-esteem.

Young people who are regularly online and on social media will come across thousands of advertising messages a day, most of which include doctored images that can have a big impact on the way they view themselves.  

Here are some ways to start a conversation with your child about edited images. 

There is a clear link between bullying and self-esteem issues, both for the bully and the bullied. It can be helpful to talk to your child about why some people may bully or ‘troll’ others online.

Here are some ways that you can help foster a healthy self-esteem in your child.

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