Florida Governor Signs Law to Protect Children from Social Media Dangers: A Closer Look at Bill 745

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

The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has signed a bill that aims to protect children from the negative effects of social media on their mental well-being. This law prohibits children under 14 years of age from having accounts on any social network and requires adolescents between 14 and 15 to have parental authorization. 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.

Supporters of the law in Florida are determined to defend it in court despite legal challenges from social media companies. These companies have already declared the law unconstitutional and vowed to challenge it. However, the goal of this law is clear: to restrict addictive features on social media platforms, such as automatic notifications and endless scrolling, which can contribute to excessive screen time and negative effects on mental health.

This measure is just one example of efforts by states across the country to regulate social media for minors. While there are concerns about free speech rights and online safety, the ultimate goal is to create a safer online environment for children and adolescents in an age where technology plays a central role in their lives. As DeSantis put it, “We’re going to do everything we can to make sure our kids are safe online.”

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