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A child psychologist will be hired by FTC for guidance on Internet rules

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans to hire one or more child psychologists to help formulate guidelines for internet regulation.

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Though there isn't a set time, Democratic Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya hopes it will be able to complete all the necessary formalities by next fall.

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The child psychologist(s) will help the FTC understand the impact of the Internet on children and young people based on their activity online.

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The FTC initiative is part of the U.S. government's broader plan to protect young people online, involving both federal and state legislation.

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These legislations place more responsibility on companies to design safer products for young people while mandating stricter age authentication.

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Bedoya explains that this move is in line with the FTC's approach to have experts in various fields advising them, including lawyers, economists, and technologists.

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Though they have ad hoc consultants, hiring someone would send a "strong signal" to other government agencies to have experts in-house as well.

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Initially, the FTC plans to hire social psychologists who conduct research, rather than those who practice therapy in clinical settings.

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