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New Law Allows Minors to Erase Social Media Past

New Law Allows Minors to Erase Social Media Past

SACRAMENTO -- Children and adolescents younger than 18 years of age are being given more protection on the Internet under a new law signed by Governor Jerry Brown today.

Authored by Senator Darrell Steinberg, the law will allow children and adolescents under the age of 18 to remove their postings on the Internet and social media sites.

"Teenagers sometimes use bad judgment. And if you post something, and it could embarass you or your family, or affect your future, then you ought to have an ability in a short amount of time to take that down," Steinberg said.

Gabe Ross of the Sacramento Unified School District says it's important for kids to understand the importance of their digital footprint.

"College admissions officers are looking at Facebook pages and other social media counts, employers are looking at social media counts," Ross said.


Representatives from Facebook are in town to present their safety program to students, parents and administrators tonight at Rosemount High School.

 

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