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Texas State Rep. Jared Patterson proposes banning children under 18 from social media

A North Texas lawmaker has put ahead a invoice that might ban children within the state from utilizing social media.

Texas Republican State Rep. Jared Patterson has launched HB 896 which might require social media customers to be at the least 18 years outdated with a view to open a social media account.

“Once thought to be perfectly safe for users, social media access to minors has led to remarkable rises in self-harm, suicide, and mental health issues,” Patterson mentioned, likening social media to cigarette use earlier than it was extensively deemed unsafe within the Sixties.’

Most distinguished social media platforms equivalent to Facebook and Instagram require customers to be 13 years outdated however don’t have any system in place to confirm a person’s age.

Patterson’s invoice would pressure social media corporations to confirm a person’s age with a photograph ID whereas additionally permitting mother and father to request their little one’s accounts be eliminated from the websites. The social media corporations would then have a most of 10 days to take down a toddler’s profile, in keeping with the invoice.

“The harms social media poses to minors are demonstrable not just in the internal research from the very social media companies that create these addictive products, but in the skyrocketing depression, anxiety, and even suicide rates we are seeing afflict children,” Greg Sindelar, CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, mentioned in a press release.

“We are tremendously grateful for Rep. Jared Patterson’s leadership on keeping this precious population safe, and TPPF is fully supportive of prohibiting social media access to minors to prevent the perpetual harms of social media from devastating the next generation of Texans.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Facebook and Twitter for touch upon the laws and didn’t instantly obtain a response.

A research final year performed by the Wall Street Journal discovered that social media use takes a mental-health toll on youngsters with 40% of teenagers saying their sole objective for posting on social media is to look good to different individuals, whereas 32% of teenage women felt that Instagram solely worsened their physique insecurities.

Medical well being specialists throughout the nation have additionally warned of social media’s addictive nature, particularly for children who face the hazards of cyberbullying on the platforms in addition to potential publicity to sexual predators.

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