As I campaign in Fairfield County, I constantly speak to parents concerned about their children. And for good reason: this generation of young people have unprecedented rates of anxiety and depression, and much of this can be attributed to increased time spent on social media and the internet.
Something has to change: we have to make the internet, and especially social media, safer for children and teenagers. Tech companies are working internally to eradicate harmful content and practices such as harassment, hate speech and misinformation. I know something about their current efforts – I worked to prevent child exploitation on Facebook and Instagram as a member of the Meta Child Safety team. But it is clear that the government should have a key role to play in setting security standards that companies must meet.
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