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ultimate say whether a child can access any given website, with only 3 percent or less agreeing that the company, government, or child should decide. Parents prefer governmental policies providing information or guidance instead of policies creating restrictions. This would cause less
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conflict between parents and children if the focus is on education rather than restrictions which often lead to conflict and deception. Shultz added that “when parents and their children are able to gain access honestly, the site providers might well present them with child-appropriate experiences and encourage parent child discussions of online safety. With deception being the only means of online access, t” Even though increasing the minimum age for social media use would benefit the mental health of teens, some argue that doing so would create more conflict between parents and teens because it would limit the ability to have honest discussions about online use. However, some researchers have found changing the age laws would produce more harm than good. Shultz, head psychology researcher at Harvard University, said, “Legislative efforts to increase minimum age requirements or strengthen age verification will complicate and increase the cost to companies of compliance, further encouraging them to focus on denying access rather than providing privacy protection or cooperation with parents. Again, this neither empowers parents or helps youth.” 10 Shultz believes the cost to strengthen COPPA laws will be excessive and there will be severe parental backlash. However, this view is limited because the cost of increased mental health care needs among teens outweigh the costs to corporations. Stricter COPPA laws will save the government, insurance companies, and families on mental healthcare costs accrued from hospital stays, outpatient treatment, and medications for depression and other depressive disorders. As the modern mental health care challenges of adolescents rise with social media use, the current COPPA laws do not adequately address these issues. The teen suicide and depression rates have skyrocketed in correlation with the social media platforms’ popularity. The COPPA laws are outdated and ineffective calling for a change. The new COPPA laws proposed should
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increase the minimum age requirement to 16 years of age with parental consent and government identification and 18 years of age with government issued identification and without parental consent. This will decrease the ability to lie to social media websites by requiring proper identification and cut down the prevalence of underage users. Over time, depression and suicide rates should decrease among teens and reduce costs to the government and families.
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