#childsafety | Wellness, social media and online safety

It’s been a big week when it comes to resources for promoting wellness and helping protect children online. Instagram announced that it will now prevent adults from sending messages to people under 18 who don’t follow them and will send safety notices encouraging teens to be cautious in conversations with adults they’re already connected to. The company also released an extensive new

Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News)

parents guide (tinyurl.com/igparents) in partnership with The Child Mind Institute and my nonprofit, ConnectSafely.org.

Not to be undone, Google has launched an information portal for families with resources from Common Sense Media, Family Online Safety Institute, PBS Kids, Sesame Workshop, Headspace and ConnectSafely. The extensive information source (families.google) begins by answering questions that parents ask Google such as “how much screen time is too much for my kid?” and “when should I get my kid a phone?”

To learn more about healthy use of technology, Boston Children’s Hospital, on Thursday, launched its Digital Wellness Lab.

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