Limit social media exposure for 13-17 year olds to 30 minutes a day – MP

Lawmakers say minors aged 13 to 17 should only access social media for 30 minutes a day

Mobile phone use and SNS browsing by minors.Stock image

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Lawmakers have introduced a bill to the House of Representatives aimed at limiting the social media exposure of minors aged 13 to 17 to 30 minutes a day.

Santa Rosa Rep. Dan Fernandez introduced House Bill 543 to protect children from the alleged “pervasive digital marketing system” online.

If passed into law, it is proposed to be named the Social Media Regulation and Protection Act of 2022.

Under the proposed measures, social media companies will be required to, among other things:

  • Place age limits and restrictions on the use of all social media platforms
  • Provide an appropriate and efficient notification mechanism for the child’s declared parent
  • Improve ability to restrict users under the age of 13
  • Include a “natural stopping point” for the user.This basically ends the scroll after a certain amount of content
  • Make it easy for users to track the time spent on the platform
  • Automatically limit the amount of time users can spend on the platform on all devices to 30 minutes per day

The bill also prohibits social media companies from “collecting personal and location information from anyone under the age of 13 without parental consent and from anyone between the ages of 13 and 17 without user consent.” I’m here.

“Users can change their limits, but they must do so every week,” the bill said, adding that affected social media users would be unable to browse or scroll down once the time limit has been reached as a social media company. Please be careful. Responsible for tracking time limits set for underage users.

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The bill also requires the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and the National Privacy Commission (NPC) to enforce and monitor compliance with this measure. .

Furthermore, while DICT is tasked with ensuring that user rights are protected and violators are tracked, NPC receives complaints, initiates investigations and settles in connection with the implementation of measures. and to enable alternative dispute resolution and even impose a ban. Processing of Personal Data by Social Media Sites.

“With the advent and creation of social media, every movement of children and adolescents is monitored online, and even the youngest children are online to do homework, talk to friends, and play,” said Fernandez. When you visit, you will be bombarded with ads.” A note on his bill.

“This shows that in the digital age of the internet, social media companies can create a global footprint and easily influence modern notions of choice, leisure and reality,” he added.

In addition to restricting social media use, the lawmaker said his bill was also intended to protect children’s privacy.

“Thus, we need to pass laws that put the well-being of children first. If anything, children should have strong and effective protection online,” said Fernandez.

“This law not only strengthens the privacy and security of children and minors in particular, but also defends consumer protection. In view of the above, approval of this bill is seriously recommended,” he said. Added.

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