The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plans to hire one or more child psychologists to help formulate guidelines for internet regulation.
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.
The child psychologist(s) will help the FTC understand the impact of the Internet on children and young people based on their activity online.
The FTC initiative is part of the U.S. government's broader plan to protect young people online, involving both federal and state legislation.
These legislations place more responsibility on companies to design safer products for young people while mandating stricter age authentication.
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.
Though they have ad hoc consultants, hiring someone would send a "strong signal" to other government agencies to have experts in-house as well.
Initially, the FTC plans to hire social psychologists who conduct research, rather than those who practice therapy in clinical settings.