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Instagram has taken a significant step toward protecting children and teens from falling victims to depraved adults on the social media platform.

The social media site, which is owned by Facebook, will block adults from direct messaging children if the minor doesn't already follow them.

Instagram announced the new changes on Tuesday.

Minors who follow adults on Instagram will also receive notices if the adult has "been exhibiting suspicious behavior," such as sending "a large amount of friend or message requests to people under 18."

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Other prompts will remind teens not to feel pressured to respond to adults who are messaging them, according to the website.

Instagram said in order to make the new changes work, children must provide their real age when signing up for a new account.

"We require everyone to be at least 13 to use Instagram and have asked new users to provide their age when they sign up for an account for some time," the announcement reads. "While many people are honest about their age, we know that young people can lie about their date of birth."
 

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Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo says the United States is considering banning the Chinese app TikTok due to concerns over national security.

In an appearance on Fox News on Monday, Pompeo said the U.S. government may ban TikTok, which is wildly popular with American children and young adults.

TikTok is a community sharing app that focuses on dance, free-style or performance content videos created by children.

Pompeo said TikTok, which uses Huawei and ZTE technology, is a danger to U.S. national security.

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"We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it," Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. "With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones. I can assure you the United States will get this one right too."

He warned TikTok users that their private data is at risk and could get into "the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."

In response to Pompeo's warnings, a TikTok spokesperson said they have "never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked."
 

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Does your minor child own a cell phone? If the answer is yes, he or she has probably been exposed to "sexting" or sexual text messages.

A new study shows 37% of children who own cell phones are exposed to sexting by age 13. The data for the study came from a parenting app called Jiminy that allows parents to regulate the content their children see on the Internet.

The company found that 14.8% of children who own a smartphone had sent or received a sexual text message by age 10 and more than 37% had sent or received sexting messages by age 13.

Jiminy warns parents that their children are far more open to sexual exploration online, which puts them at risk of being approached by sexual predators.

"Sexting is quickly becoming a normative form of sexual exploration among preteens and teens," the study finds. "As such, parents would expect the real possibility that their children may be approached by others, known or unknown, or approach others in a sexually explicit manner."

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