We Need to Keep Kids Safe Online: California has the Solution

We have a Tech Crisis

Every day children are using a digital world that is designed by and for adults, where they are nudged to give up their privacy, offered harmful material, and exposed to risky contacts and behaviors.

To protect Californian children’s privacy and safety online, California State Assembly members Buffy Wicks (D) and Jordan Cunningham (R) have introduced the bipartisan California Age Appropriate Design Code Bill (AB 2273).

With this Bill, California has the chance to lead the way in making the digital world safe for American children.

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The digital world California young people and parents want

On March 29 2022, the GoodforMEdia team provided testimony to the State Assembly on how to improve online experiences for young people. Hear more from young people or share your story.

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What would the Kids Code do?

If the California Age Appropriate Design Code were passed into law, companies would have to consider the privacy and protection of children in the design of any digital product or service that children in California are likely to access.

We know the practical impact this can have on children, because the Bill is based on a UK law that has already prompted Silicon Valley’s biggest names to innovate in the best interests of UK children. For instance:

  • Google have made SafeSearch the default browsing mode for all under 18s.
  • YouTube have turned off autoplay for under 18s and break and bedtime reminders are turned on by default.
  • TikTok and Instagram have disabled direct messages between children and adults they do not follow.
  • The Google Play Store now prevents under 18s from viewing and downloading apps rated as adult-only.

These are just a handful of changes that will make children’s experience online safer.

We have a Tech Crisis

Californian children deserve these protections too.

Support for the California Age Appropriate Design Code

What people are saying about the Bill

To our Gems who are passionate about keeping children safe on the internet - you can help pass a bill to protect childrens' privacy and safety online, right now! 🚸 Go to http://californiaaadc.com and sign the linked petition + show your support with #CAKidsCode 🌟

California has a chance to lead the nation in protecting kids online through the #CAKidsCode. @FrancesHaugen: "An industry that has moved fast and broken things should be obligated to fix what’s broken." @CalMatters

👏 Another great step forward in keeping children safe online: the California Senate Judiciary Committee has voted 9-1 in favour of progressing the #CAKidsCode.

📈 Next stop: the Appropriations Committee in August! https://californiaaadc.com/

.@FrancesHaugen's #FacebookPapers gave us a clear understanding of just how much Meta's social media platforms are harming children.

We must keep demanding #BigTech be held accountable through legislation like the #CAKidsCode.

The time is now. #AB2273

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