Alex Cooney

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Parenting advice: 13 things to tell your 13-year-old. Photograph: iStock

Thirteen essential things various professionals want parents to tell their children as they enter their teens. 1. Teenage years can be shite and bril(...)

 Trust is the key to communicating with 13-year-olds. Photograph: iStock

“They won’t listen,” we parents fume about teenagers, while they rant about how adults “don’t understand”. Both sides are right – and wrong. Adults d(...)

Talking to your children about what they are doing online as a normal part of everyday life is the best way to keep them safe and well, according to e(...)

Gardaí  are encouraging parents to talk to children about the types of platforms and sites they are accessing. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

When countries across the world went into lockdown to protect themselves against a virus that knew no borders, new opportunities multiplied for a crim(...)

A quarter of the children surveyed said they had seen something online they wouldn’t want their parents to know about. Photograph: iStock

Nearly a third of primary school children have seen material online that has upset them, according to a survey from CyberSafeIreland. Most children r(...)

Bonnie Neiland: has more than 436,000 followers on TikTok. Photo: Orla Neiland

One day last March, Shauna Davitt decided to have a look at TikTok. The app allows users to create and upload short-form videos, but the Wexford teena(...)

Young smartphone users Ciara Fanning, Sean Carey, Caoilfhinn Ní Choiligh and Gearoid O’Donovan. Parenting coach Allen O’Donoghue says children’s phone use is a ‘massive issue’ among parents he works with. Photograph: Tom Honan

“They’re never off their phones.” This must be the most common gripe of the current generation of parents with teenagers. And when something goes wro(...)

‘Children with unlimited, unsupervised access are in a vulnerable place.’ Photograph: Getty Images

There was something about Peppa Pig that didn’t sound quite right, even to an adult ear. The cheeky pig who constantly talks back to her parents and f(...)

While there are some anecdotal reports of Momo circulating in other countries, there is little hard evidence that people have come to harm as a result.

The Garda and PSNI have expressed concern that a “disturbing” online “challenge” that encourages children to harm themselves or others may have reache(...)

The digital age of consent has recently been set at 16. File photograph: Getty Images

Big tech companies will have to work harder to confirm young people’s age when they go online, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has said. (...)

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