Education & Family

This week's best parenting news

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In case you missed it, here's a round-up of this week's parenting and family news from the BBC.

1. How can I keep my kids safe online?

That is a question many parents have been asking themselves this week following a warning from the Children's Commissioner for England that the internet is "not designed for children".

Anne Longfield's Growing Up Digital report found that young people are not prepared for what they are signing up to on the internet and are frequently giving away personal information.

Even more worrying is the risk of online grooming. A video from Leicestershire police about murdered schoolgirl Kayleigh Haywood has gone viral. It shows how easily some young people can be fooled by strangers who contact them on social media.

If you want to know more about what you can do to protect your child online, BBC iWonder has this advice.

2. What if my child is a cyberbully?

There is plenty of information about how to deal with cyberbullies, but far less about what to do if you find out that your own child is the source.

The BBC took advice from experts and a mother who found out her daughter had been cyberbullying her school friends.

3. Keeping our kids safe in the home

A viral video showing a two-year-old boy saving his twin brother from a falling chest of drawers has been a shocking reminder of how important it is for parents to ensure all furniture is secure against the wall.

4. Janet Jackson became a mum at 50

The singer gave birth to a baby boy named Eissa Al Mana.

Janet Jackson is not alone in having a child later in life. The rate of babies born to women aged 45 and over in England is up by more than a third in six years.

But what is it like in a family with a big age gap between parents and kids? Here are some of your experiences.

5. Princess Diana's letters about her children sold at auction

The six handwritten letters sold for £15,100. One candid letter from Diana to ex-Buckingham Palace steward Cyril Dickman, revealed Prince Harry was "constantly in trouble at school".

6. The men who murder their families

A criminologist currently leading one of the biggest studies of domestic homicide in the UK believes family killings are on the increase.

Dr Jane Monckton-Smith says that in 95% of cases the killer will be a man and usually the head of the household.

The Victoria Derbyshire programme has spoken to some of the people whose lives have been destroyed by these kind of attacks. You can watch the full film on domestic homicide here.

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