Lawmakers consider proposal barring kids under 13 from social media

Children under 18-years-old would need parental consent.
Sen. Chris Murphy plans a forum at Amity High School to discuss social media with parents and students.
Published: May. 12, 2023 at 5:01 AM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2023 at 7:16 AM EDT
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WOODBRIDGE, CT (WFSB) - For many young people, social media apps like TikTok and Instagram have been a big part of their daily lives.

There’s a push to limit how social media is used and who can use it.

Sen. Chris Murphy said he will be at Amity High School in Woodbridge Friday afternoon to sit down with parents and students. The plan is to discuss social media.

Murphy is part of a bipartisan group of U.S. senators who proposed legislation that would require age restrictions on social media.

The panel was assembled after the American Psychological Association released a study which suggested that safe social media use should be taught in schools like English or U.S. History.

This push would aim to educate children and give them the training they need to understand and know what they use.

The study emphasized social media apps’ effects on children and their mental health.

When it came to how much time children should spend on social media, the study recommended that it should be based on how developed they are, with adults managing their time on cell phones.

That would enable parents to look out for anything that promotes discrimination, bullying or interferes with a child’s sleep.

“It sets up such a standard. Beauty, lifestyle, none of that is natural, but I feel like if you show them the setup of what they really look like and how their lives really are, they’d be blown away,” said Emily Snell, a local parent.

“It’s hard to think that we can have a comprehensive education for a child and not bring up how to use social media, how to understand social media, [and] what companies are trying to do,” said John Powers, a professor at Quinnipiac University.

Murphy said under the proposal, social media platforms would be barred from creating accounts for those age 13 and under. Children under 18-years-old would need parental consent.

The roundtable is set for 3 p.m. Friday at Amity High School in Woodbridge.

Social media platforms would be barred from creating accounts for those 13 and under.