Age 13 and younger is 'too early' for kids to be on social media
by Leslie Carroll
Feb 26, 2023
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy recently announced he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, despite some of the most popular platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, allowing users to be that age. Murthy says he believes being on social media "does a disservice" to kids early in their teen years.

"It's a time where it's really important for us to be thoughtful about what's going into how they think about their own self-worth and the skewed and often distorted environment of social media often does a disservice to many of those children."

On the heels of this announcement, Missouri  Sen. Josh Hawley (R)  introduced a pair of bills aimed at protecting kids online — one that would implement an age requirement for social media usage and another that would study the harmful impact of social media on children.

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