On Thursday, Utah became the first state to enact legislation that restricts children and teens from using social media without their parents’ consent.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed two bills into law aimed at limiting when and where anyone younger than 18 years old can interact online, and to stop companies from luring minors to certain websites.
Under the law that’s due to take effect on March 1, 2024, social media companies will have to instate a curfew for minors in the state, barring them from using their accounts from 10:30pm to 6:30am.
The law also requires companies to give the parent or guardian full access to the child’s account. Adult will have to verify information, like age, otherwise they will lose access to the accounts.