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This Australian state wants to ban children from getting social media accounts

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May21,2024
The top line: Children under 14 in one Australian state could be blocked from opening social media accounts, with an eminent legal eagle to investigate the feasibility of a ban.
The bigger picture: South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas has appointed former High Court chief justice Robert French AC to look at options for a ban.

Under the proposal, parents would also have to give their consent for children aged 14 and 15 to access a social media account.

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South Australia’s Premier Peter Malinauskas has appointed former High Court chief justice Robert French AC to examine a potential ban on children from social media accounts. Source: AAP / Mick Tsikas

The proposed changes would be an Australian-first and follow legislated restrictions on children using social media accounts in Spain and the US states of Florida and Texas.

The key quote: “We are seeing mounting evidence from experts of the , their mental health and development,” — South Australian Premier Peter Malinauskas.
What else to know: Most social media platforms require users to be at least 13 to register an account, but the age limit is easily circumvented.
What happens next: French is expected to examine the legal, regulatory, and technological pathways for the South Australian government to impose a ban within the state’s constitutional framework.
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  1. As a parent, I fully support the idea of restricting children under 14 from having social media accounts. It’s crucial to protect their mental health and development in this digital age.

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