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Healthier Social Media Use by Youth

Concerning measures to encourage healthier social media use by youth, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Bill Summary

The act requires the department of education (department) to create and maintain a resource bank of evidence-based, research-based, scholarly articles and promising program materials and curricula pertaining to the mental and physical health impacts of social media use by youth, internet safety, and cybersecurity. The resource bank will be used in elementary and secondary schools in the state. The department is required to convene a temporary stakeholder group of no more than 15 persons to assist in the creation of the resource bank. The resource materials must be made available free of charge no later than July 1, 2025, to local education providers, professional educators, parents or guardians of youth, students, and community providers.

The act strongly encourages the department to expand local student wellness programs to include programs that address the impacts of problematic technology use on the mental and physical well-being of Colorado youth.

On or after January 1, 2026, the act requires a social media platform, as defined by the act, to establish a function that provides a user who is under the age of 18 with information about social media that helps the user understand the impact of social media use on the developing brain and the mental and physical health of youth or displays a notification every 30 minutes when the user:

  • Has spent one hour on social media platforms in a 24-hour period; or
  • Is on a social media platform between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The chief information officer in the Colorado office of information technology, in consultation with the director of the center for health and environmental data division of the Colorado department of public health and environment and the temporary stakeholder group shall establish standards for the function.

The act appropriates $13,974 from the general fund to the department of education for use by the student learning division to implement the bill.

APPROVED by Governor June 6, 2024

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details