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How to stop children being bullied by their parents

Parents should be mindful of the way they behave when they are home alone, a new report by a British charity says.

“Parents need to take extra care when they’re out together with their children.

If you see your children in the street with friends and a group of friends, you should always make sure you know what to do.

If you’re home alone you might see them, but if they’re at a friend’s house they should be aware that their parents might be there,” the charity, Parents and Friends Against Child Abuse, said.

They also suggested that parents be mindful about the type of music they listen to, as children may be encouraged to watch videos on mobile phones while home alone.

A similar charity, The Child Care and Early Care Trust (CCECA), which runs several child care facilities across England, said parents need to be aware of how their children are being socialised and how that may affect their ability to parent effectively.

The charity said it would work with parents to help them with any concerns and to “work with them to ensure that they’re aware of the steps they need to implement when they get home”.

CCECA said it works with around 500 families a year to ensure children’s safety, with children being “particularly vulnerable” to bullying.

Its CEO, Rachel Jones, said the charity was also working with the police to address child abuse and harassment.

“We’re looking at ways to tackle this, we’re also looking at making sure that these families are safe, and that they are able to raise their children,” she said.

“This is a problem we’re all working to tackle.”

CCEA also works with parents through the UK’s Childline.

It said children were particularly vulnerable to abuse because of their age, their “intimacy” with their parents, and the “conflict of being young and vulnerable and in the wrong place at the wrong time”.

“As adults we’re not in control of the behaviours of our children and the things we do to them,” it said.

The report said parents should take steps to support their children’s socialisation in a “safe, nurturing environment”.

“If parents are worried about the safety of their child, they should support them in any way possible.

If parents are concerned about their child’s wellbeing, they need support to make sure they’re not feeling unsafe.

Parents should also recognise that they might be making mistakes when they leave the house alone.

Children who feel unsafe are often very embarrassed, and may feel that they have to explain or justify what they’ve done,” it added.