With a strong conviction that an Instagram app designed for children under the age of 13 could be detrimental to the health of young users, more than 40 state attorneys general signed a letter addressed to Mark Zuckerberg urging Facebook “to abandon these plans.”

Please take a few minutes to read this letter so that you can fully appreciate the questions I’m about to ask.

Gen Z kids have been born into a 100 percent digital world. Why would anyone want to stop them from learning to navigate the world they have been born into?

Why don’t the attorneys general trust parents to “parent” their own children?

Is this just about Facebook? Asked differently, if a trusted, beloved, family brand (Disney, Sesame Street, etc.) were to offer an Instagram clone reimagined and redesigned for children under the age of 13, would this letter have been written?

Do the points made in this letter (along with the research cited) help build a case for banning social media for adults as well?

I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.



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