Brad Chambers Releases Plan to Keep Hoosier Children Safe Online

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 25, 2023) – Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers today released his plan to increase online safety for Hoosier children by requiring stricter age verification, enhancing online data protections and ensuring age-appropriate classroom instruction on the benefits and dangers of social media and other online activity, among other proposals.

The Safe Online plan is accompanied by the launch of his latest television ad titled “Safe,” which is supported by a six-figure buy that will begin airing statewide as early as today.

This comes the day after Indiana joined dozens of other states and the District of Columbia in suing Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, for its features that are harming the mental and physical health of Indiana and the nation’s youth.

“Today’s online environment is an increasingly dangerous place,” stated Chambers. “Its harmful effects are real and well-documented, yet career politicians have failed to act as Big Tech prioritizes monetization of Hoosier children over their safety, privacy and well-being.”

“As governor, I’ll work collaboratively with the Legislature to implement this plan and give Hoosier parents the tools they need to keep their children safe online,” he added.

Recent studies continue to add to the mounting evidence regarding the negative impact excessive social media use and other online activity can have on children’s brain development and mental and physical health during a critical phase in their lives.

That’s why the Brad Chambers Safe Online plan:

  • Requires stricter age verification for the use of digital platforms such as social media, as well as websites that distribute or display pornographic material
  • Provides a multi-pronged approach to enhance and expand online data protections for Hoosier children
  • Enforces penalties on online companies that fail to prevent Hoosier children from accessing pornographic material
  • Calls for ensuring age-appropriate classroom instruction on the dangers of social media and other online activity

You can read the full plan by clicking here.