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TRENTON — A proposal in the state Legislature seeks to find the effect of smartphones and social media use on children in New Jersey.

Sens. Richard Codey and Joseph Lagana introduced legislation last month that would establish the “Commission on the Effects of Smart Phone and Social Media Usage on Adolescents.” An identical bill was introduced in the Assembly in June.

The commission would study the extent of smartphone and social media usage by students in public schools each day and determine their effects on a student’s emotional and physical health as well as academic performance.

“Over the past 10 years, smartphones and social media have become a major component in the social lives of adolescents,” said Codey, D-Essex, Morris.

“We have a responsibility to learn the effect these devices and platforms have, and this commission will address these concerns,” said Lagana, D-Bergen, Passaic.

The bill will establish a 15-member commission that will issue a report of its findings and recommendations to the governor and the Legislature within a year of its first meeting.

— Claire Lowe

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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