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Here are 3 things you can do to protect your kids online

There is mounting evidence of a link between social media usage and rates of mental health issues with children and young adults.

What’s worse, social media platforms are aware of the issue and still don’t act. We know from the Facebook Papers, internal documents leaked by former Meta employee Frances Haugen, that Instagram had evidence that teens with mental health issues said using the platform made it worse, partly because of “pressure to conform to social stereotypes… and body shapes of influencers”.

Our research into TikTok shows children are bombarded with harmful content within seconds of joining the app.

We need politicians and platforms to act now and make these platforms safe.

In the meantime, here is some practical advice on what you can do to support young people online.

Download our TikTok Parents Guide

Two-thirds of American teenagers use TikTok. CCDH found that the app is bombarding young people with harmful content. We’ve created a Parents Guide to help you navigate your children’s TikTok usage.

Watch our video guide for parents

Five easy steps to protect kids online

Despite TikTok’s popularity, many parents are unclear about how it works or the potential dangers of the platform.

Parents tell us they feel overwhelmed and confused about how to support their children online. This video with our CEO, Imran Ahmed, takes you through five easy and important steps you can take to keep kids safer online.

Watch our this video and download the Parents Guide.

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About the Center for Countering Digital Hate

The Center for Countering Digital Hate is a nonprofit with offices in Washington D.C and the UK. We focus on countering and disrupting hate and misinformation online.

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