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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.

Social media and kids: What you need to know

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Several states now investigating Instagram's effect on children

A group of attorneys general from at least eight states are looking into the effects that high usage of the photo-sharing app has on teens, particularly girls.

iPad and phone help locate father, daughter who survived plane crash in Pennsylvania woods

It took hours before state troopers found them huddled together suffering from hypothermia.
A plane crashed in Luzerne County, Pa., and the two people on board were found alive, after an hours-long search.
A plane crashed in Luzerne County, Pa., and the two people on board were found alive, after an hours-long search.

Instagram chief says it will roll out 'take a break' feature, is pausing Instagram kids project

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri joined TODAY in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report that suggested the app is "toxic" for teen girls.

Experts warn this back-to-school tradition can be dangerous for your child

"People in general don't realize how much they overshare on social media."
Girl on first day of school
Girl on first day of school

Pokémon GO Fest 2021: What to know about this virtual event

The event typically involves large gatherings, but Niantic has changed the format for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Doctor who lost son to drugs shares 12 emoji parents should know

After the death of her son, Sammy, Dr. Laura Berman wants other moms and dads to understand the language of teens.
Woman using phone late at night in bed. Person looking at text messages with cell in dark home. Hipster online dating or texting with smartphone. Sexting or cheating concept.
Woman using phone late at night in bed. Person looking at text messages with cell in dark home. Hipster online dating or texting with smartphone. Sexting or cheating concept.

Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser calls for Zoom-Free Fridays as pandemic fatigue grows

″The blurring of lines between home and work and the relentlessness of the pandemic workday have taken a toll on our well-being,” Fraser said. “It’s simply not sustainable."
Image: US-GENDER-BANKING-WALLSTREET
Image: US-GENDER-BANKING-WALLSTREET

Zoom goes down, bringing much of the the remote workplace and classroom to grinding halt

Video conferencing service suffers Monday morning glitch, much to the delight of some users.
A student takes online classes at home using Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak in El Masnou, north of Barcelona, Spain on April 2, 2020.
A student takes online classes at home using Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak in El Masnou, north of Barcelona, Spain on April 2, 2020.

Apple, Google drop 'Fortnite' from app stores over payments

“Fortnite" is free, but users can pay for in game accoutrements like weapons and skins.
Fortnite
Fortnite