DeSantis blazes a trail on children’s safety online

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) may have dropped out of the presidential race, but he is once again blazing a trail of conservative governance in the Sunshine State by signing legislation to protect children online.

On Monday, DeSantis signed HB 3, which prohibits children under the age of 14 from making accounts on social media websites and requires 14- and 15-year-olds to have parental consent to make social media accounts. It’s the most aggressive effort to police widespread social media use among minors to date, and it is something that conservative lawmakers around the country should embrace.

The instinctual reaction to this new law among many conservatives may be to recoil. On its surface, this law may seem like an undue expansion of government authority that interferes with the private lives of its citizens while
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