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Age Appropriate Design Code
What is the Maryland Kids Code?
The Maryland Kids Code passed the House of Delegates 112-24 on March 20, 2023, and nearly passed the Senate before being challenged by lobbyists representing tech companies and trade associations. The Maryland Kids Code (HB 603 / SB 571) was reintroduced by Delegates Jared Solomon (D-18) and C.T. Wilson (D-26), along with Maryland Senators Benjamin Kramer (D-19) and Chris West (R-42) for the 2024 legislation session.
The Kids Code would require privacy by design and default, and it would require online products and services reasonably likely to be accessed by children and teens under 18 to be age appropriate and designed in kids’ best interests. While Big Tech attempts to fight the AADC with infinite resources and lawsuits, legislators and civil society organizations are continuing to prioritize kids’ safety and wellbeing online.
Parents, youth, medical professionals, partner organizations, join us in fighting for a better online future.
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Quotes from Marylanders
Young person from MD
“This bill, if introduced a year ago, could’ve been the stakeholder that shielded me from the abuses of social media misconduct that was beyond my control, and would’ve hampered the media’s allowance of bullying. I could’ve been able to smile one more minute instead of being left to wonder if life is even worth living.”
Young person from MD
“I wish there were an easy fix to keeping these social media companies accountable. If there was a big red button to erase the current social media apps and make better ones catering to students’ mental health, I would press it in a heartbeat. Most people my age would too – but we can’t get rid of it, so we need to learn how to deal with it. By supporting this legislation, Maryland will help set the standard for online child and teen safety, and set simple, greater privacy settings as the default, which is proven to be effective. Design Code regulations have already been approved in the UK and California; we ought to have the same safeguards.”
Parent from Takoma Park, MD
“My 16 year old daughter is in recovery from anorexia, anxiety, and self harm. I have no doubt that this was in no small part fueled by toxic social media.”
Parent from, Catonsville, MD
“My daughter is suffering from depression due to social media.”
Parent from, Germantown, MD
“Social media can lead to eating disorders. It did it to my daughter.”
“My 19 year old daughter faced so much bullying and self image issues because of social media. She survived, but it was horrible.”
Physician in Ellicott City, MD
“I am a pediatrician. I witness the horrible effects social media is having on our children everyday.”
Teacher from Ijamsville, MD
“I teach high school. I too often see the negative impact of social media on our children.”
Parent from Severn, MD
“I nearly lost my daughter to suicide at 14. Her depression and anxiety took over her life. Her eating disorder had her hospitalized and we are blessed that she is alive now as an adult.”