New Jersey weighs restrictions on minor social media use

(The Center Square) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a proposal that would make the state the latest to require children signing up for social media websites and apps to get their parents’ consent.

The proposal would require parental consent before users 18 and younger could sign up for sites like Facebook, TikTok and Instagram. It would also ban instant messaging between children and adults. 

Parents or guardians of a minor would be required to provide government-issued identification and credit card information to the social media company and pay a 35-cent fee to process the request. Social media companies would face up to $2,500 for each violation under the proposal.

The bill’s sponsor, state Assemblyman Herb Conaway, D-Burlington, said the restrictions would protect kids from the harms of social media and hold companies more accountable.

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