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Web help means you don't have to suffer in silence with your teen.

PARENTS will soon be giving their social-networking mad teens a run for their money thanks to a dedicated new website launched by Merseyside charity Parent line Plus.

The sitewww.gotateenager.org.uk - the first of its kind in the country - will enable parents of teens to communicate online by sharing experiences, swopping ideas and supporting one another.

Features will include e-learning modules enabling parents to complete online courses such as getting on with your teenager or dealing with drug and alcohol use. There is also an online comic book covering storylines and scenarios that will be familiar to many families with teenagers.

The website features a 'teen speak' jargon buster, blogs, message boards, web TV shows and articles and tips from other parents of teenagers.

The charity, which secured government funding to launch the website, answers 112,000 calls to its helpline each year and half of all calls are from parents of teens.

Issues worrying parents include drugs, binge-drinking, discipline problems and gang culture.

"Parents of primary school children enjoy a network of support and friendship that is lost when their children make the transition to secondary school," says Claire Andre, area manager of Parent line Plus in Merseyside.

"Gotateenager.org.uk plugs that gap by creating an online community for parents of teenagers. The social networking element is key and runs throughout the site, encouraging parents to interact, share tips and strategies and gain confidence to tackle issues."

The site aims to help parents of teens by supporting them through their journey of bringing up their teenagers, providing informal support.

The site also includes a texting service where parents can have tips and information sent to their mobiles.

Parentline Plus offers a free 24-hour free confidential helpline - 0808 800 2222 - parenting groups and workshops as well as an interactive website for parents www.parentlineplus.org.uk.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Sep 17, 2008
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