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Florida's House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prohibit anyone aged 16 and under from using social media, in an effort to protect children's well-being online. The bill has bipartisan support, but critics argue that it violates free speech rights and may be deemed unconstitutional.
"They are targeting our babies," said Rep. Michele Rayner.
This bill is part of a larger movement across state legislatures to address the potentially harmful effects of social media on children's mental health. The US Surgeon General has declared social media as a key driver of a national youth mental health crisis. Critics argue that such laws may infringe on privacy and security and may face legal challenges.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy issued an advisory last year declaring social media "an important driver" of a "national youth mental health crisis."