WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) is working across the aisle to protect children online and hold Big Tech accountable by supporting the Kids Online Safety Act.
“Our next generation is suffering from a mental health crisis, increased in part by the unchecked power of social media, and I’m working to give Iowa families more control over their kids’ online presence,” said Sen. Joni Ernst. “This bipartisan effort will require social media companies to better protect minors’ information and provide parents with the tools to safeguard their children.”
The Kids Online Safety Act provides young people and parents with the tools, safeguards, and transparency they need to protect against online harms. The bill requires social media platforms to put the well-being of children first, ensuring an environment that is safe by default.
The legislation requires independent audits by experts and academic researchers to ensure that social media platforms are taking meaningful steps to address risks to kids.
The Kids Online Safety Act: