(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Sunday, during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) stated that it was the parents and not the state’s responsibility to restrict the social media usage of children. He added that he would not be backing any state policy that sets such restrictions.
Polis during the interview was asked whether he would be open to the state placing further restrictions on social media. In response, he argued that restricting social media for children should be up to the parents. As he shared, he had two children, nine and twelve, who are not allowed to be on social media yet. He added that they would soon start to have conversations with their 12-year-old son about what was appropriate so that he could start having access to social media. However, what he pointed out was important in this process is that the state cannot be the child’s parent.
Polis appeared in the interview with Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) as part of an NBC special on “America’s Mental Health Crisis.” The two serve as the National Governors Association (NGA) chair and vice chair respectively and have launched the campaign “Disagree Better” which reinforces the importance of healthy political debate and civic unity.
However, while Polis is not taking a strong stance on social media, Coc has been aggressive in his approach. During the interview he pointed out that social media could have many negative effects and compared how these platforms were handled by the state when compared to how tobacco companies are handled.
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