Charity urges new laws to end 'wild west' culture of internet

The number of offences involving actual or attempted online sexual communication with a child has quadrupled in Northern Ireland, campaigners said.


Whatsapp to raise minimum age limit in EU to 16 ahead of date protection changes

WhatsApp is raising the minimum age requirement to use the service to 16 in the European Union, ahead of the introduction of new EU privacy laws in May.
Undated handout file photo issued by Essex Police of seven-year-old Summer Grant who died when a bouncy castle that two fairground workers had failed to "adequately anchor" to the ground was blown across a park with her inside it, a Chelmsford Crown Court has heard.

Father tells of efforts to save daughter from blown away bouncy castle

A father whose daughter died after a bouncy castle blew "30 to 50ft in the air" with her inside it has told a court how he desperately chased after the inflatable.


WATCH: Brave four-year-old girl walks again after being knocked down

A brave young girl who was knocked down in Londonderry last month is already taking her first steps to recovery.

An unknown woman

PSNI appeal after reports child 'dragged and struck' in town

Police last night launched an appeal to identify a woman who was reported to have 'dragged and struck' a young child yesterday.

Could you offer one of these needy kittens a home?

Cats Protection are hoping kind families will offer some of these kittens a home.
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Do you know how to treat common winter ailments?

The Public Health Agency has issued a document making people aware of common winter ailments.


Scotland to become first part of the UK to ban smacking of children

The smacking of children will be banned in Scotland, the Scottish Government has confirmed.
NI fans

NI v Germany game: Traffic and travel advice

Police have issued traffic advice to fans intending to travel to the NI vs Germany game at Windsor Park.
Stormont has now not functioned since January

Campaigners condemn two-child cap for tax credits and 'rape clause'

The two-child cap for tax credits and the so-called rape clause constitute an attack on women, campaigners in Belfast said.

A sad child

More than 85% of adults would not foster a child, charity's survey finds

More than eight in 10 adults are unlikely to become foster carers, a charity said, warning of a fostering crisis.
Lord Alan Sugar

Lord Sugar urges parents to 'take a stance' on excessive smartphone use

Technology tycoon Lord Sugar has revealed he has banned his grandchildren from using their smartphones at the dinner table and urged parents to follow suit.


Family appeal goes viral after girl dies taking pill

The family of an “adventurous and caring” young woman who died after taking an unknown substance at a music festival said they have been heartened by the public’s outpouring of support during one of their “darkest times”.

The rising price of school uniforms often causes parents financial stress.

Single parent on low income asks, can I get help to pay for my son’s school uniform?

Jaclyn Glover answers our readers’ financial queries. This week, she tackles the issue of getting help to pay for school uniforms.

A sad child - NSPCC image

'Bullying doesn’t stop when school stops' warns NSPCC

The NSPCC’s Childline service in Northern Ireland is reminding children and parents that just because it’s the middle of the school holidays, there is often no holiday from bullying for the many children who experience this misery.

Princess Charlotte arriving at Berlin Airport in Germany

First official posy for Princess Charlotte as William and Kate arrive in Berlin

Princess Charlotte stole the the show during the latest leg of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's European tour - scampering up the plane's steps and receiving her first official bouquet.
Home alone

Children's charity urges parents not to leave children home alone in summer months

The NSPCC is urging parents in Northern Ireland to think carefully before leaving their children home alone during the summer holidays after its Helpline referred dozens of cases to the PSNI and children’s services after receiving calls and emails from members of the public worried about unsupervised youngsters.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Warsaw's Chopin Airport with Prince George and Princess Charlotte for the start of their five-day tour of Poland and Germany.

George and Charlotte arrive in rainy Warsaw with William and Kate

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were greeted by rain when they arrived in Poland with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the start of their parent's European tour.


Probe continues into three-year-old boy's death following stabbing

Technical and forensic examinations are to take place in an apartment where a three-year-old boy was found dead following a stabbing.

Dolls and Lego will dominate Christmas gift lists this year, with one in seven parents already shopping for the big day, according to a major retailer.

Argos predicts Christmas toy list dominated by dolls and Lego as parents start shopping

Dolls and Lego will dominate Christmas gift lists this year, with one in seven parents already shopping for the big day, according to a major retailer.
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