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Ontario aims to protect children from harmful online content with new bill

Minister Lecce told reporters that he hopes big social media corporations will be willing to work with the government “to discuss some of the concerns around the algorithms, concerns around privacy, consent of imagery, and obviously the necessity to strengthen protections and safeguards for kids.”

Published May 9, 2024 at 9:33pm

Barbara Patrocinio
Barbara Patrocinio
Ontario aims to protect children from harmful online content with new bill

The Ford government is moving forward with legislation aimed at protecting kids' privacy and limiting their access to harmful content online, especially while on school devices.

The province plans on consulting social media giants like X and Snapchat for guidance, and the proposed legislation allows the government to put in place regulations to prevent kids from accessing certain material online, which could include “age-appropriate standards” for software programs on school-used devices like laptops.

“We will be bringing in social media and tech industry experts to discuss how they can further curtail risks, specifically focused on cyberbullying, age-appropriate access to content, and cracking down on risks to kids while online,” Minister of Education Stephen Lecce said on Thursday.

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