Teens and social media, oh man, where do I start? Utah started by becoming the first state to limit teen social media use.
Protecting children in Utah starting March 1st, 2024, Social media companies will no longer be able to collect a child’s data or be targeted for advertising any longer. This bill will also block children’s access between 10:30 pm and 6:30 am unless adjusted by the children’s parental guardian.
Governor Spencer Cox wrote on Twitter, “we’re no longer willing to let social media companies continue to harm the mental health of our youth. “
“As leaders and parents, we have a responsibility to protect our young people.”
Other states such as Arkansas, Texas, Ohio, and Louisiana are now considering regulations on social media for the youth as well.
Aiming to solve many issues with social media and minors, parents must confirm their ages to use social media platforms. Hopefully to also reduce issues such as high depression rates and other mental illnesses on the rise.
Many argue that having so many regulations on teens is not a good idea. Not approving, as teens have freedom of speech as well. Is this taking too much away or adding an extra layer of bubble wrap?
Cohn and Cox previously spoke on Twitter, with Cohn citing those same First Amendment concerns and Cox responding: “You are wrong, and I’m excited to prove it.”