An effort is moving forward in Congress to create a legal minimum age for participating in social media. It’s a bit late in the game, but perhaps it’ll address some of the concerns that our youth are struggling with false ideas of the world, their lives, and more, based on what they see on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and more. The flip side is that youth have been already violating the age rules in place, with many youth under 13 already taking part in a wide range of the communications that leave them vulnerable. I’m of the opinion that Pandora’s box is already opened, and this will have little success.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., is pushing a legislative package aimed at protecting children online — including setting the minimum age to be on social media at 16.