- Anne 05/08/2023
The young people I spoke with wanted to know why big government wants to police their friendships on social media but doesn't care if they get murdered in their classrooms. Fair question.
- Brian 05/02/2023
I support parental approval requirements, but ultimately this should be up to the parents.
Why is the government continually trying to tell parents what to do in raising children?
I'm torn on not allowing kids to utilize social media. I truly believe that social media use by youth exacerbates any mental health issues that child may suffer. The reach for perfection and constant excitement is a recipe for anxiety and depression. Most social media outlets do not allow anyone under 13 to have an account. Yet, I know many kids much younger than 13 years old with an account.
As a former principal of an elementary school, I cannot even give you a number of the times I had to investigate some type of threat or bullying behavior that happened outside of the school day, but affected the school environment! These incidents were numerous. Often parents were either unaware their child had an account or that the site had age restrictions.
I do not see how laws will change this, as there becomes an enforcement issue.
Perhaps, we put time & energy into a PR campaign targeting PARENTS? Or, make social media sites responsible for age verification with stiff financial penalties for allowing youth on their platforms? Or, create programs that are developmentally appropriate, vigorously monitored, and safe for teenagers?
Technology is moving & adapting faster than humans. Ethically & morally, we need to protect our kids. Im just not sure we can legislate non-use without being able to effectively implement this.
- LeslieG 05/03/2023
Need a "Maybe" fior this one. Decision should be the parents but every device & app should have adequate parental controls to enforce and provide surveillance on use to parents.
Who is going to enforce this idea, the login police?
Again, with technology getting away from everyone who didn't think it through first. This seems to be a theme...
- Jeffery 06/07/2023
In 1993 Congress tried to regulate violent video games and pretty much got no where other than having meetings but no action. It took states to act on it but some states that did act were later taken to court for violating the 1st Amendment.
I agree that something needs to be done but it's 30 years too late. Best analogy to try and keep young kids from getting on the internet is like putting a condom on after having sex, totally useless. Kinda like our government, useless
The decision to keep kids off the internet should belong to the parents but Congress wants to get involved in the decision of what is age appropriate. Speaking of age appropriate at what age should a kid decide what gender or if gender reassignments need to be.
Is Congress again trying to legislate morality or is the general voter population just willing to hand over all control of decisions and parenting.
30 years too late. What we need is a less intrusive, much smaller government and much, much less of a Socialistic government.
- Brian 05/29/2023
I highly dislike legislating how parents care for their children. In this circumstance I believe it is important to encourage parents to wait for a level of emotional maturity before c
social media engagement.
- Cecil 05/20/2023
I support this as long as it still allows healthy access for our kids. They should be able to interact with each other in positive uplifting
- RadicalRon 05/17/2023
No universal banning of kids. However kids signing a platform's agreement shall NOT be binding. Social medias can design age appropriate into their algorithms.
- Jonathan 05/17/2023
I urge you to vote NO. I echo the digital rights advocates at Electronic Frontier Foundation: "Requiring that... users... tie their accounts to their age, and ultimately, their identity, will lead to fewer people expressing themselves, or seeking information online."
- Abbi 05/17/2023
What idiot is supporting banning teenagers from social media?
kids need to be able to express themselves. If god forbid they aren't safe at home they need to be able to reach out.
this isn't about keeping them safe it's about controlling what they see and talk about so they can't make informed decisions when they are old enough to vote. It's so they can't acess information about protests they would be interested in joining.
it's all about controlling and infatallizing older teens.
- TXgirl 05/11/2023
Children's brains are being corrupted and diluted by social media, which is mostly not real life. Children need to be protected, including from social media, and they should not be allowed on social media until age 18.
- Evelyne 05/10/2023
As a young adult I grew up with technology without many restrictions. My parents had never discussed internet safety with me because it was fairly new to them as well as they did not know the dangers. There were many predators. You tube was full of them and Omegle too, where you can talk to strangers. Many YouTubers went on this site for videos. I thought what harm could it be? Men three decades older than I, older women as well, preyed on me even after I had told them my age. Now as an adult I wish my parents never let me use their laptops. Technology can be amazing for school, but the web and media has poisoned many children.
- Amber 05/09/2023
Psychological research has shown that social media can cause diffiucltes for both adults and children. Children are typically unable to decern limits in this area and can be easily influenced.
- John 05/10/2023
Fucker Carlson and Donald Trump should be banned from social media because they're both filthy liars and Donald Trump is a molester. These are actual facts substantiated by the court of law.
If every parent would purchase their child a flip phone...texts and phone calls only until they could afford their own cell phone the problem would solve itself. Yes they'd have access to computers, iPads etc but nonstop, constant, in hand use would stop. Any middle and high school teacher will tell you that kids are always on their phones, in class, at lunch, after school and before class which adversely affects their lives.
- Mark 05/04/2023
Not good for kids below 18yrs to use social media due to distraction and other health hazards!
- Gail 05/03/2023
Children under the age of 16, don't really understand a lot of what is going on. If their was a special social media site that their parents had to sign them up for that had strict guide lines and had someone to review comments. No bullying, bad language, or politics. Hopefully they would have learned enough at school to handle adult social media. A platform where children can learn from each other, share ideas, girls can discus fashion, make-up, auto mechanics, building, sharing recipes, team sports. The platform should allow age 10 to 16.