Social Media and Minors

This legislative session has seen a proliferation of bills related to minors and social media. Policymakers are currently most concerned about three issues on this topic: 

  • Negative mental health effects
  • Privacy (mostly in the realm of targeted advertising)
  • Illegal content such as CSAM (child sexual abuse material) and drugs

How effective these bills are at addressing these concerns is another issue. To help parents and policymakers navigate this new and complex environment, we have created the following Social Media Toolkit.

5 Things Parents and Lawmakers Need To Know About Social Media 5 Things Parents and Lawmakers Need To Know About Regulating and Banning Social Media 6 Ways to Keep Teens Safe Online Key Resources for Parents Perspectives on Jonathan Haidt’s Social Media Research

Additional resources

For policymakers


In the media

See also

  • Content moderation is difficult. Try your hand with our Takedown Game.
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