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Martins’ bill requires parental consent for minors using social media

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State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Great Neck) is proposing legislation that would require social media companies to obtain parental permission for minors to create social media accounts.

The purpose of the legislation is to grant parents more options to monitor their child’s social media usage, such as platforms like Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter, “and shield them from the dark side of social media,” he said in a press release.

“As a father of four daughters, I’m very concerned about the growing trend of social media and the detrimental impact it has on children and minors under the age of 18,” Martins said.

The bill would require parental consent for a minor to use a social media platform from 10:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m., with the social media company responsible for implementing the requirement. It would also require the social media company to provide parental access to their child’s posts and messages on the applications.


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