SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 8, 2022–
The Social Media Victims Law Center (SMVLC), a legal resource for parents of children harmed by social media addiction and abuse, has launched its “No Parental Consent to Social Media” campaign which gives parents and guardians minors a voice to let Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok know that they do not give permission or consent for their children to open or have specific social media accounts.
Although federal law requires parental consent for a social media company to collect data from children under 13, and some such companies require parental consent for children under 18, no none of them effectively verify age, identity or parental consent, nor provide parents with mechanisms and resources for prompt and effective notification when consent has not been given. These companies also allow children to open multiple accounts and access those accounts through school devices and school email addresses, without verifying other information (such as email and phone numbers). phone) that would help protect children on social networks.
Parents and guardians can visit the No parental consent to fill out forms that will be emailed on their behalf to Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and/or TikTok, notifying social media companies that they do not give permission for their children to open or have these accounts. These companies are currently not held accountable, but SMVLC hopes to change that, and parents who want to speak up and have their voices heard can help. This form gives parents the option to address a letter to Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok, along with their child’s age, usernames, and email addresses associated with the accounts.
“SMVLC’s ‘No Parental Consent to Social Media’ campaign provides parents with a way to let Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok know that they do not consent to their children using these dangerous platforms,” said Matthew P. Bergman, founding attorney of SMVLC. . “These social media companies have consciously designed their products to allow children to evade parental control and hinder parents’ ability to exercise responsibility over their children’s social media use.
“As a result, parents are unable to prevent their children from becoming addicted to social media, being directed to harmful and psychologically destructive content, sending and receiving sexually explicit imagesor being solicited by online pedophiles. These social media giants currently have the technology to protect children from these harms, but choose not to because it would hurt their bottom line,” he added.
SMVLC has filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the world’s largest social media companies, alleging wrongful, emotional and mental damage caused by Harassment on the internetand the intentional creation of products that children find addictive.
Bergman and his firm represent families whose children have death by suicideaccidentally killed themselves while attempting dangerous stunts and pranks, and who suffered from anxiety, the Depressionself-harm and eating disorders caused by social media products.
About the Social Media Victims Law Center
The Social Media Victims Law Center (SMVLC), socialmediavictims.org, was founded in 2021 to hold social media companies legally accountable for the harm they inflict on vulnerable users. SMVLC seeks to apply product liability principles to force social media companies to place consumer safety at the forefront of its economic analysis and to design safer platforms to protect users from foreseeable harm.
About Matthew P. Bergman
Matthew P. Bergman is a lawyer, law professor, philanthropist and community activist who has recovered over $1 billion on behalf of his clients. He is the founder of the Social Media Victims Law Center and the law firm Bergman Draper Oslund Udo; professor at Lewis & Clark Law School; and serves on the boards of nonprofit institutions in the areas of higher education, national security, civil rights, worker protection, and the arts.
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