Ohio Senate Plans To Pass A New Bill That Expands Working Hours For High School Students To Keep Them Off TikTok

The ever-growing phenomenon of TikTok is one that cannot be ignored. Be it, youngsters or adults, the fad has taken over so many people’s lives to such a great extent.

But it’s definitely not healthy for children that spend excessively long amounts of time online to use the app as it keeps them entertained. This is why the state of Ohio has lawmakers so concerned that they’re not resorting to the passing of a new bill in the Senate.

The bill calls for an expansion of working hours for high school students so that they can spend less time on TikTok-like platforms. In case you’re not aware, so many high school students work long and hard all year long to attain some extra cash.

At the moment, such students are allowed to work shifts that last until 7pm while being enrolled in school. And when it’s their holidays, they can work until 9pm, which is usually designated as a summer break.

Now, we’re hearing about new legislation that still needs approval from the House before it can get implemented. And if and when it does, it would enable students to work shifts that last as long as 9pm all year round.

The sponsors for this bill claim that such laws should also think about imposing restrictions on the number of hours such students are spending on leading apps like TikTok. This would definitely give them the chance to earn some more cash and the biggest bonus of them all is linked to less time on social media.

The topic has been a source of major concern for a while now. Teenagers are opting to spend most of their time online on the likes of TikTok and Instagram with no one keeping a check. And this has been shown to negatively impact their health which is why lawmakers are advocating for change for so long. Remember, the number of researchers that prove the negative effects of social media on young minds continues to increase as we speak and there have been so many documented cases too.

But TikTok does realize this and has been applauded for actually taking matters into its own hands by proactively limiting the time users spend on its platform. Anyone below the age of 18 would be required to add a passcode after they pass the one-hour limit on the platform for the day. Therefore, only after the respective parent approves additional screen time would they be allowed to use the app for longer.

H/T: Woub

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