A study has shown that parents are more worried about the rising cost of their children's education than the dangers of drugs and teenage pregnancy.
According to the poll of about 700 parents with teenagers, four out of 10 said their main concern was for their child's financial future as they worry about tuition fees and the pressure of student debt.
The London College of Accountancy's research showed only 27 per cent of parents rate drugs as their number one concern for their children.
Teenage pregnancy and bullying polled 12 per cent and seven per cent. And only five per cent of those questioned admitted they worried about their teenagers' safety on the Internet.
"It comes as no surprise that rising higher education costs are causing parents major concern," the Daily Express quoted Professor Steve Lumby, who headed the research, as saying.
"The increasingly competitive job market means degrees are becoming more essential for career success, but the prospect of 9,000 pounds fees and additional debt incurred through living expenses are a major worry for both parents and students," added Lumby.