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'Almost 40 percent' of teens see friends drunk online

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Almost 40 percent of teenagers have seen photos of their friends drunk online. Credit: PA

Just under 40 percent of children have looked at a picture of a friend drunk online, research suggests.

Some 39% of teenagers have seen their friends drunk on social networking sites, including 13 percent of those aged 10 to 12-years-old.

Almost a fifth of 10 to 17-year-olds said all or most of their friends drink alcohol.

The poll was commissioned by the charity Drinkaware, which is funded by donations from the alcohol industry.

Raising a teenager is harder than caring for a newborn

Bringing up a teenager is harder than bringing up a newborn baby, a survey has revealed.

More than half the parents surveyed by Netmums said that raising a teenager was harder than caring for a newborn.

Parents agreed by the time a child reaches 17, relationships improve Credit: PA wire

Thirteen-year-olds were the most difficult to look after, with parents agreeing that by the time a child turns 17, their relationship dramatically improves.

A teenager's refusal to help out at home was the biggest gripe parents had, with more than half of the families questioned, arguing over it.

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More than a third of teens in care leave at 16

According to statistics referred to by Children's Minister Edward Timpson:

  • 35% of children in care leave by the time they are 16.
  • 45% of those will not be in education, employment or training by the age of 19.

Mr Timpson is writing to councils urging them to give teens a £2,000 allowance towards setting up a home after leaving care.

The Local Government Association, though, said councils should not be burdened by new financial expectations amid heavy cuts.

Teenage victims of domestic violence to be recognised

Teenage victims of domestic violence and abuse will be officially recognised as victims under Government plans, Nick Clegg will say today.

The Home Office is widening the definition of domestic abuse to include those aged 16 and 17 as well as a wider range of coercive or threatening behaviour, Clegg will say.

But campaigners warned that more funding is urgently required to help support the highly vulnerable victims.

A Young People's Panel will be set up by the children's charity the NSPCC to work with Government on domestic violence policy.

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