Utah limits teen social media use

Sophia Maynard, Writer

Utah is the first state in the U.S. to limit teen social media use. The newly approved bills require social media firms to get parental consent before creating an account for children under 18.

 According to bbc.com “The bills will give parents full access to their children’s online accounts, including posts and private messages.” The bills also include a social media curfew that blocks children’s access to the apps between 10:30 PM to 6:30 AM unless adjusted by parents. Social media firms will no longer be allowed to collect minors’ data or be a target for ads. According to bbc.com, Governor Spencer Cox spoke out on Twitter: “We’re no longer willing to let social media companies continue to harm the mental health of our youth.”