WASHINGTON, DC – Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development is pleased to submit expert comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to their request for comments for the Biden-Harris Administration’s Kids Online Health and Safety Task Force. As co-leaders of the Task Force, the NTIA issued the request as part of their effort to promote a healthier, safer, and more private experience for minors accessing online platforms.
“The Institute is heartened to see organizations such as the NTIA turn its resources and attention to the health and well-being of our nation’s youth as it relates to digital media and child development,” said Kris Perry, Executive Director of Children and Screens. “We commend the Task Force for seeking diverse expert input at the earliest stages of its work on behalf of children and families.”
Broadly, the Institute’s comments highlight (1) barriers to comprehensive research into technology and digital media (2) the resulting challenges to understanding the harms and benefits, and (3) the consequences for regulations. Acknowledging that known harms are entangled with notable benefits, the Institute recommends strategies for addressing transparency, accountability, and resource gaps.
“Our comments emphasize that adequate research, resources, and regulations will be essential to mitigating adverse effects on youth,” said Perry. “While pending legislation such as the Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA), the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA), and the California Age-Appropriate Design Codes address many vital issues, particularly around research and best practices for companies, more investment will be needed to create a truly healthy online environment for children.”
The comments are framed in Children and Screens’ unique, holistic perspective on the effects of technology and digital media on families and children, built from a large interdisciplinary network of experts including scientists, clinicians, and advocates, who bring varying perspectives on issues of digital media and children.
Comments to the NTIA on Kids Online Health and Safety
Acknowledging that known harms are entangled with notable benefits, the Institute recommends strategies for addressing transparency, accountability, and resource gaps.