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    Vox Pop: Enforced social media age limit

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    Midway Staff
    Students were asked a question about social media having an enforced age limit.

    Should social media have age limits enforced through ID’s?

    “I think social media should only be available for teens as any age before that it is even easier to get trapped and scroll for hours. I had to put a time limit on my socials so that I don’t use them all day.”

    — Mikey Skolarus, ninth grader

    “I think social media should have limits for what content children see, so as they get older they start seeing more things. I also think kids under a certain age should need a supervising parent account to set up their account.”

    — Ronen Malani, ninth grader

    “I think social media apps like Instagram, Twitter and TikTok should have age limits, as they are the ones being widely used. For the first two, users should be 16 and up, and 13+ for TikTok.”

    — Amira Williams, junior

    “I think that social media should have an age restriction of no younger than 14 because young kids shouldn’t be able to post or to look at whatever they want on social media. Mostly because it can cause bad self perception, and it can start cyber bullying so early that the victim does not know how to cope or defend themself.”

    — Theo Hinerfeld, junior

    “Social media like Instagram I think should have a limit of 13 because of their widespread use and there’s a lot of moderation, but places like Twitter where more not safe for work things/ things not appropriate for younger kids appear more often; should have a higher limit of maybe 15. Anyone can post on the internet and you either have to be mindful of those who are on the younger side or just not include them at all.”

    — Alex Fogel, senior

    “I guess I would say they probably should, maybe starting around 12. I think ID verification would work best.”

    — Capri Cooper, sophomore



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    Victoria Washington
    Victoria Washington, Opinion Editor
    Victoria Washington is a member of the Class of 2025 and serves as the Opinion Editor. She joined the journalism team in fall 2021 during her ninth grade year. Her favorite story she's written for the U-High Midway is “Artist raises $2,000 to restore Bronzeville mural.” She enjoys journalism because it provides an opportunity to communicate with others from different departments and see new perspectives. Aside from journalism, she enjoys historical fashion and watching documentaries. Awards: 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, Boston convention: Honorable mention, commentary writing 2023 Journalism Education Association National Student Media Contests, San Francisco convention: Honorable mention, news writing

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