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Parents' Guide to Social Media

Is Instagram harmful to teens? What age is right for social media? TODAY answers parents' most-asked questions in this guide.

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Meta rolls out new privacy features on Facebook and Instagram to help prevent ‘sextortion’ cases

Reports of online enticement, including sextortion, increased by 265% from 2018 to 2021, according to the National Center For Missing And Exploited Children.
Young girl looking into mobile phone screen, in dark room.
Young girl looking into mobile phone screen, in dark room.

18 best pregnancy apps for parents-to-be

These resources can help moms, dads and family members anticipate a baby’s arrival with joy and focus.
Young african pregnant woman having tender moment touching her belly outdoor - Focus on top hand
Young african pregnant woman having tender moment touching her belly outdoor - Focus on top hand

I put my family on a 'screentox' for a week. Here's how it went

Could we really survive seven days without any phones, tablets, TVs or computers? Maybe I'm crazy, but I decided to find out.

How to save money on back-to-school clothes and other genius hacks

Back-to-school season is here! Use these tips to make your family's life easier.
School children walk away from camera in crosswalk
School children walk away from camera in crosswalk

WhatsApp unveils new privacy features, like who can see you online and more

Facebook parent Meta announced changes to the messaging service that also includes leaving groups silently and blocking screenshots for view-once messages.
In this photo illustration, a WhatsApp logo seen displayed
In this photo illustration, a WhatsApp logo seen displayed

Snapchat unveils new parental tool to help monitor teen activity on the app

"Family Center" will allow parents to see who their kids connect with on Snapchat.
Snapchat
Snapchat

5 things parents should know before kids get their 1st phone

One doctor suggests parents start digital education in kindergarten.
Mother and daughter using a smartphone
Mother and daughter using a smartphone

Instagram is testing new ways to verify teens are 18 years old, including video selfies

The use of face-scanning AI, especially on teenagers, raised some alarm bells Thursday, given the checkered history of Instagram parent Meta when it comes to protecting users’ privacy.
Close up of teenage girl in bedroom using smart phone
Close up of teenage girl in bedroom using smart phone

California parents whose children become addicted to social media could soon sue companies

A bill that passed the state Assembly on Monday defines “addiction” as kids under 18 who are both harmed and who want to stop or reduce how much time they spend on social media but they can’t.
Girl lying on bed at night and using a mobile phone
Girl lying on bed at night and using a mobile phone