Protecting Florida’s Youth: Governor DeSantis Signs Bill Restricting Social Media Usage for Minors

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

On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law one of the most restrictive social media prohibitions for minors. If the bill survives legal challenges, children under 14 years old will be unable to have accounts on any social network, while adolescents between 14 and 15 will require parental authorization. The governor proposed this measure in response to concerns about internet giants’ impact on youth and to help parents navigate the challenges of raising children in a digital age.

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

Despite facing legal challenges from social media companies, supporters of the law are determined to defend it in court. They argue that addictive features such as automatic notifications and endless scrolling can contribute to excessive screen time and negative effects on mental health.

Similar measures have been proposed in other states but have faced legal obstacles due to concerns about free speech rights and online safety. However, the debate around regulating social media for minors continues, with a focus on creating a safer online environment for children and adolescents in an age where technology plays a central role in their lives.

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