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How do parents feel about new bills aimed at restricting social media in New York?

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In a move to protect young people’s mental health, state lawmakers have passed two bills restricting social media use, which now await Governor Kathy Hochul’s signature.


The SAFE for Kids Act targets “addictive” algorithms on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, requiring parental consent for users under 18. It also restricts push notifications between midnight and 6 a.m. and mandates age verification. The New York Child Data Protection Act would prohibit collecting personal data from minors, with fines up to $5,000 per violation.

Parents have mixed feelings about the bills. Some support the regulations, citing challenges in controlling social media use. Meanwhile, others believe it’s up to parents, not the government, to monitor their children’s online activity. The tech industry argues that these measures infringe on free speech and parental rights.