Bill Requires Parental Permission For Minors To Access Social Media

Des Moines, Iowa — A bill introduced in the Iowa House would require parental permission before Iowans under the age of 18 could create a social media account on websites or smartphone apps like SnapChat.

Tom Chapman, executive director of the Iowa Catholic Conference, says his church urges parents to actively monitor social media use by their children.

The “Social Media Parental Authorization Act” would require platforms like Instagram or TikTok to verify a parent or guardian has granted written and digital permission for a minor to have an account. The bill cleared a House subcommittee this (Wednesday) morning. Representative Sami Scheetz, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, supported it.

But Scheetz says the bill needs work because, as written, it would be hard to enforce and likely would be challenged in court. There are other bills in the legislature designed to restrict minor’s access to social media. The governor has proposed requiring people to upload an ID like a driver’s license to prove they’re an adult before getting access to sites with pornographic content.


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