Clarksville Online: Senators Marsha Blackburn, Richard Blumenthal Announce Growing Support For Kids Online Safety Act

February 23, 2022

Clarksville Online

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, introduced the Kids Online Safety Act.

Here is what advocates and technology groups are saying about the Kids Online Safety Act:“The KIDS Online Safety Act is an important first step in reining in the harms caused to children by social media platforms,” said Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, CEO of the American Psychological Association. 

“Enacting measures that curtail harmful practices while authorizing research to understand additional impacts is a thoughtful strategy. APA supports the leadership and bipartisan efforts of Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal on this measure and looks forward to working with Congress to address this important issue,” Evans Jr. stated.

  “Social media platforms are profoundly damaging the mental and emotional health of children and refuse to put that problem ahead of their quarterly profits. This leaves policymakers the task of creating transparency, imposing accountability, and giving parents real control over what their children experience online. Senators Blackburn and Blumenthal have shown admirable bipartisan resolve to act on that responsibility, and the Kids Online Safety Act is an important next step in that work,” said Chris Griswold, Policy Director, American Compass.

  “Senator Blackburn is continuing to help lead the way among Republicans to rein in Big Tech and hold bad actors in Silicon Valley accountable for their harmful and dangerous practices. As senators have learned through various committee hearings, Big Tech will prioritize advertising dollars over kids’ safety any day of the week if they aren’t stopped. Big Tech monopolists should no longer be allowed to target children with harmful or illegal conduct on their platforms. This bill would equip parents with the tools necessary to appropriately supervise and moderate what young, still forming, minds are exposed to on these increasingly dark and massive social media platforms,” said Mike Davis, Founder and President, Internet Accountability Project.

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