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Governor urges passage of bills to end kids’ addiction to social media

May 28, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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ALBANY — THE HARMFUL IMPACTS OF SOCIAL MEDIA on youths was the focus of a meeting on Tuesday, May 28, with Governor Kathy Hochul and advocates from the Mental Health Association. The governor highlighted her ongoing investments in mental health resources for young New Yorkers, including expanded access to innovative youth and teen Mental Health First Aid training programs. Governor Hochul said that, during the final weeks of the 2024 State Legislative Session, she is pushing to enact nation-leading legislation addressing online safety and the harmful impacts of social media among youth, particularly of its excessive and unhealthy uses: specifically, the Stop Addictive Feeds Exploitation (SAFE) for Kids Act to restrict the addictive features of social media, and the New York Child Data Protection Act to limit the collection of minors’ personal data by online sites.

The governor also supports Mental Health First Aid training programs offered by MHANYS and other organizations statewide to enable New Yorkers to assist friends, family or other community members who experience challenges with mental health or substance use. The State Office of Mental Health has provided $1.5 million to support the organization’s youth and teen Mental Health First Aid programs.

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