Governor Signs Law Banning Social Networks for Children Under 14 in the US

Florida Governor Takes on Tech Giants: The Battle to Protect Children from Social Media

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that aims to restrict minors’ access to social media. If the law survives legal challenges, children under 14 years of age will be prohibited from having accounts on any social network, while adolescents between 14 and 15 will need parental authorization. The governor proposed this measure to address concerns about internet giants’ impact on youth and help parents navigate the digital age’s challenges.

The law requires technology companies to delete accounts of children under 14 years of age on social media platforms and establish age verification mechanisms on websites with pornographic content. The law, set to take effect on January 1, 2025, is intended to safeguard children from online predators and the negative effects of social media on mental well-being.

Despite facing legal challenges, supporters in Florida are determined to uphold the law in court. Social media companies have already declared it unconstitutional and promised to challenge it. The goal of this legislation is to limit addictive features on social media platforms such as automatic notifications and endless scrolling, which can contribute to excessive screen time and negative effects on mental health.

Similar measures have been proposed in other states but have faced legal hurdles. The debate over regulating social media for minors continues, with concerns about free speech rights and online safety at its forefront. Overall, the objective of these laws is to create a safer online environment for children and adolescents in an era where technology plays a significant role in their lives.

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