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Kids Online Health and Safety

Overview

The Internet is an important part of our daily lives, connecting us to a wealth of information and opportunities for social connections. For young people, it gives access to essential resources for their education, their health, and their engagement with the community.  

But the online world can pose significant risks to children, including threats to their mental health, safety, and privacy. America’s youth are experiencing an unprecedented mental health crisis. There is growing evidence that social media and other online platforms are contributing to this crisis.

The Taskforce will be reviewing best practice guidance for industry and caregivers seeking to protect minors online. The Task Force is further charged with developing voluntary guidance, policy recommendations, and a toolkit on safety-, health-, and privacy-by-design for industry to apply in developing digital goods and services.

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Task Force on Kids Online Health & Safety, NTIA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are working with other agencies to advance the health, safety and privacy of minors online by identifying current and emerging risks, potential benefits, and efforts to mitigate harms.

The digital landscape is constantly evolving, and so are the challenges and opportunities it presents for young people. We owe it to them to stay informed and vigilant. This is not a one-time solution but an ongoing commitment to their well-being. Please return to this page regularly for updates on this initiative.

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NTIA Seeks Comment on Protecting Kids Online

September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking comment on best practices to protect minors’ mental health, safety and privacy online.

America’s young people are experiencing an unprecedented mental health crisis. There’s growing evidence social media and other online platforms are contributing to this crisis.

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