Monday, June 24, 2024

SA Premier to attend NSW social media summit

South Australian Premier, Peter Malinauskas, has confirmed he will attend a major social media summit aimed at addressing the increasing harm online platforms are having on children.

The Premier said the summit, to be hosted by the NSW Government in October, is an opportunity to work together with NSW Premier, Chris Minns.

The summit will bring together senior officials, policy makers and academics, as well as representatives of leading social media platforms and digital technologies.

“There is rising concern across the country about the impact social media is having on our children, and I applaud NSW Premier Chris Minns for calling this important summit,” the Premier said.

Earlier this month, the Premier announced a nation-leading move to ban children under the age of 14 from having access to social media accounts.

Former Chief Justice of the High Court Robert French AC has been appointed to undertake a legal examination into the legal, regulatory and technological pathways for the State Government to impose a ban, while also giving due consideration to the constitutional framework.

“South Australia is taking a nation-leading position on this issue, and I am interested in hearing the experiences of other jurisdictions,” said Mr Malinauskas.

“As the evidence of harm continues to mount, it is incumbent on governments to act to protect our children.”

The move follows the banning of mobile phones in South Australian public schools.

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