THE state of Utah in the US has become the first to make laws that limit teenagers’ access to social media.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox has signed new laws that mean children can only get a social media account if their parents agree to it. The rules also state that parents will be able to see everything their children post online, including private messages.
Other new rules say that social media companies can’t collect a child’s information and use it for targeted advertising. Children’s access to their social media accounts will also be blocked from 10:30pm until 6:30am, although parents can change the exact timings.
Governor Cox said: “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.”
Five other US states are considering bringing in similar rules, with the idea being that it will hold social media companies to account and protect children.
The new rules are due to start in Utah in March 2024. What do you think? Is it a good idea, or a step too far?