American State Set to Ban Kids Under 14 Using Social Media

March 27, 2024 11:35 am in by

Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, has enacted a law imposing stringent restrictions on social media usage for minors, making Florida one of the states with the toughest limitations on digital social interactions for young users.

This groundbreaking legislation, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2025, prohibits children under the age of 14 from creating social media accounts and necessitates parental approval for users aged 14 and 15. This move, slightly adjusted from a previous, more restrictive proposal, underscores the state’s commitment to protect children from the potentially harmful impacts of addictive technology features, like notification alerts and autoplay videos.


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While the legislation aims to safeguard the mental and emotional well-being of minors by reducing exposure to social media, it has sparked considerable debate regarding parental rights and the infringement of First Amendment rights.

Critics argue that the law could pose significant hurdles for young individuals seeking online information and resources. Despite these concerns, the bill received broad support in both of Florida’s legislative chambers, with proponents highlighting the urgent need to address the escalating mental health crisis among youths, a concern echoed by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt.

Haidt, in his new book “Anxious Generation,” explores the deteriorating mental health trends among children and adolescents, attributing the decline to the pervasive use of smartphones and social media. The legislation aligns with Haidt’s recommendations for reducing screen time and promoting real-world interactions among children for healthier development.

With the law expected to face legal challenges, it represents a significant step towards reevaluating the role of technology in children’s lives and prioritizing their mental health and safety in the digital age.