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Protecting Children from the Negative Effects of Social Media: Florida Governor Signs New Law

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

Protecting Children from the Negative Effects of Social Media: Florida Governor Signs New Law

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill that places strict limits on the use of social networks by minors. If this law stands up to legal challenges, children under 14 years of age will not be allowed to have any social media accounts, while adolescents between 14 and 15 will need their parents’ permission to use them. The aim of this measure is to protect young people from the negative effects of social media on their mental health and prevent online predators from harming them.

The law also 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. This law, set to take effect in 2025, is seen as a way to keep young people safe online. Supporters of the law in Florida are determined to defend it in court, despite opposition from social media companies who have declared it unconstitutional and vowed to challenge it.

The debate about regulating social media for minors continues, with concerns about free speech rights and online safety at its core. Similar measures have been proposed in other states, but have faced legal obstacles. However, the ultimate goal of these laws is clear: to create a safer online environment for children and adolescents in an age where technology plays a central role in their lives.

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