Utah has recently passed a law that requires social media companies to obtain parental consent before allowing children to use their apps, in an effort to protect children’s mental health. The law also requires these companies to verify that users are at least 18 years old. This means that kids will need their parents’ permission to access apps like Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram. Starting March 1, 2024, two additional laws will be in effect in Utah. These laws will allow parents to monitor their children’s online activities, including social media posts and private messages. Furthermore, children will be prohibited from using social media between 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. unless their parents approve it. In addition, social media companies are banned from collecting data on children or showing them ads. Governor Spencer Cox believes that these laws will help protect children’s psychological well-being. However, some people are concerned that these laws may infringe on free speech and harm children. Facebook’s parent company has implemented safeguards to protect children on its platform, while TikTok’s CEO is facing scrutiny from Congress. Five additional states are currently evaluating similar laws.