Utah is the first state in the US to require social media companies to get permission from parents before allowing children to use their apps and to verify that users are at least 18 years old. This is because there are a lot of worries about how social media affects children’s mental health. This new rule means that kids will need their parents’ permission before they can create accounts on apps like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

Two new laws will take effect in Utah on March 1, 2024. These laws will allow parents to see what their children are doing online, including their social media posts and private messages. Social media companies will also no longer be able to collect data from children or show them ads. Children will also not be able to access social media between 10:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. unless their parents allow it. Governor Spencer Cox is happy with these laws because he thinks social media is bad for children’s mental health. However, some people think the laws could have negative effects on free speech and put children in danger. Facebook’s parent company, Meta, says it has tools to keep children safe. Utah passed laws to protect kids on social media, while TikTok’s CEO faces Congress. Other US politicians want to stop tech companies from collecting kids’ data. California passed a law on this, and five other states are considering similar laws, which could prompt more states to follow and hold social media companies accountable for children’s online safety.