Game-Changer: DeSantis Makes Waves with New Law!

In a move to protect kids and boost parental rights based on conservative values, Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law limiting social media access for minors under 16. This law has been called “controversial” by mainstream media because of free speech concerns.

The law stops 13-year-olds and younger from making social media accounts in Florida. Also, 14- and 15-year-olds need their parents’ OK to use these platforms. This law has sparked debate about free speech and is part of a trend where conservative state governments push controversial “parental rights” laws.

DeSantis said the law helps parents deal with the “difficult terrain” of raising kids. Florida House Speaker, Paul Renner, said social media has a “devastating effect” on kids’ mental health. He also mentioned dangers like traffickers and pedophiles on social media.

Most social media services say users must be at least 13, but they don’t enforce this rule well. The national conversation has focused more on how social media affects kids and teens. However, Florida’s law makes people worried about online free speech being limited.

DeSantis, who didn’t win the presidency and left the race in January, has always supported giving parents more control over decisions affecting their kids, especially in education. Parental rights laws in Florida and other states let parents have more say in controversial topics like LGBT education in schools.

While the social media law aims to give parents more control, critics argue that the government shouldn’t be involved in these matters. Before, DeSantis vetoed a stricter social media law that would have stopped people under 16 from using it, saying there should be a more balanced approach that considers parental rights, privacy, and free speech.