Social media can cause problems for your children if you are a parent. You don't know how serious the problem is.
Kids are not allowed to share funny cat videos on social media. They're sophisticated data-collecting and marketing platforms that use personalization to addict users.
Using your children's personal data, these apps have the ability to feed kids a relentless and personalized stream of toxic media, including sexually explicit material and content that can push children and teenagers, especially young girls, toward eating disorders. The Surgeon General issued an advisory stating that social media can cause harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.
There are a lot of comments on social media.
Social media companies don't try to protect your children from this content. The more eyeballs on screens, the more money they make.
Kids under 13 aren't allowed on these apps, but that's a lie. There are no protections for teenagers in the 13-18 age group.
Tech companies don't try to keep kids safe online. As long as they can make money, social media companies don't care how young a user is.
We think that parents should have the power to protect their children online, just as they do in the real world. The Protecting Kids on Social Media Act requires parental consent for teenagers under 18 to use social media and prohibits children under 13 from using social media.
The bill would prevent social-media companies from using "rabbit holes" of harmful content in order to promote their products.
Big Tech isn't a fan of our bill. They are working overtime to kill it with the help of lobbyists and think tanks.
Proponents of the bill argue that it will create a new database of information by requiring social media companies to verify a user's age and parent-child relationship.
Social media companies already collect mountains of private information about your children, including their name, email address, date of birth, phone number, search history, location and much more. The real threat to kids' privacy is social media companies.
It is not possible to verify someones age online, so we may as well not try. That is also a lie. Gambling, tobacco purchases, and other vices that we want to shield our children from are things that age verification online is used for.
This bill would also prevent social-media companies from using personalized algorithms to promote content to underage users, algorithms that send them down "rabbit holes" of harmful content.
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Social media companies will be asked to confirm your child's age and relationship to you when you sign up for their service.
There are third-party companies that verify ages for government agencies at the local and state levels, as well as the federal level.
In front of school boards, on sports fields, and on the internet, parents are standing up for their kids, and that should be the case for the internet as well. Some of what our children are learning in the classroom can be just as damaging as what they see and learn online.
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If we can't solve the social media problem,asserting parental control will be meaningless.
Parents are in charge of what their kids can use on social media. Children will be safer once parents are in charge. We will continue to fight to get it into law.
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