Parents who may be concerned that their children are becoming addicted to social media could soon be able to take legal action against the platforms, at least in California. A bipartisan bill, introduced by California State Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) and Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland), would allow parents to sue social media companies on behalf of their children. It passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously earlier this week.
If passed into law, Assembly Bill 2408 would allow parents and the state Attorney General to sue social media companies on behalf of children who are harmed as a result of a social media addiction. The bill, dubbed the “Social Media Platform Duty to Children Act,” outlines specific safe harbors that would exempt social media companies from liability if the company identifies and removes addictive features of their platform within a specified amount of time.
The bill will next head directly to the Assembly Floor, where it will be debated later this month.
“Social media companies’ own research shows how addictive their platforms are for kids – and there’s nothing parents can do to stop it,” said Cunningham. “If you’re going to create a product for children, you need to design it in a way that doesn’t result in some of those kids becoming addicted and having to seek psychiatric care. Our bill would require social media companies to change their practices, or be held liable for the damages their addictive features cause.
The bill would only apply to companies earning at least $100 million in revenue annually. Companies found in violation could face civil penalties of $25,000 per violation, or up to $250,000 per violation if it is done knowingly and willfully.
“Social media is a lifeline for the next generation,” explained Larissa May, founder of #HalfTheStory, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the next generation’s relationship with social media.
She recently testified before the Assembly Judiciary Committee at the State Capitol in support of the bill.
“Young minds are especially malleable and vulnerable to the implications of weaponized algorithms as their prefrontal cortex (the home of executive function, control and decision making) is not fully developed,” May said via an email exchange. “At a young age, their neurochemistry is being disrupted by technology, and quite frankly, it’s moving faster than the human mind. It doesn’t have to be this way.”
May warned that digital abstinence doesn’t work for teens, and in fact, sometimes it can make matters worse. She said there are major misunderstandings about tech and wellbeing, which support the need for AB2408.
“Social Media is a coping mechanism,” May continued. “Teens are spending time on social media to self soothe and escape the challenges they face in their daily lives. The teens spending more time on the platform are more likely to be suffering emotionally and more susceptible to the traps of the infinite games we call social media.”
Some experts have suggested simply turning off a device won’t solve the problem, and have also noted that all screen time shouldn’t be seen as bad.
“Measuring social media time through quantity is like measuring calories purely by number. In the same way zero calorie candy is more toxic than an apple with more calories, the same applies to social media,” May suggested. “While many youth do have positive relationships with technology, our platforms must be held accountable to build safer ecosystems for our teens to thrive, especially the vulnerable ones.
“We must recognize that this policy will not solve all the problems of our youth, but it will be a step forward for safe infrastructure design,” May added. “We wouldn’t take our children over an unstable bridge, and we shouldn’t send them to platforms where algorithms are predatory. Until our society treats mental health as physical health, we will continue to face this crisis. If teens are held accountable for the time they spend online, tech companies should be too.”
One could question whether the social media platforms are entirely at fault for the overuse by younger Americans.
“Social media companies are certainly to blame for a lot of things, but parents also have a duty to their children,” suggested technology industry analyst Roger Entner of Recon Analytics. “There are plenty of apps and permissioning available that lets parents restrict what their children can do and not do on their mobile devices and computers.”
Media Release – May 20, 2022 – Guelph Police – Guelph Police Service
Attempt break and enter
The Guelph Police Service is investigating after an attempted break and enter at a west-end business.
Early Thursday morning, two males arrived by vehicle at a business on Speedvale Avenue West. One of the suspects was caught on video using an angle grinder in an attempt to gain access to a storage unit, but the males fled when an alarm sounded.
A query of the licence plates, which were on an older two-tone Ford Escape, revealed they are registered to another vehicle.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Graeme Adams at 519-824-1212, ext. 7419, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.
Prohibited driver arrested
A Cambridge male banned from driving was arrested after he was caught behind the wheel in Guelph Thursday.
A Guelph Police Service officer was on patrol on Speedvale Avenue West just after 3 p.m. when he queried a licence plate and learned it was registered to a prohibited driver. A traffic stop was conducted and the owner of the vehicle confirmed to be the driver.
Investigation revealed the male is a prohibited driver as a result of a December, 2021, conviction for refusing to provide a breath sample. A 49-year-old Cambridge male is charged with driving while prohibited and driving while suspended. He will appear in a Guelph court July 5, 2022.
Male threatens staff, gets arrested
A Guelph male faces charges after threatening to “mace” employees of a local business Thursday afternoon.
Approximately 4:20 p.m. the male entered a business on Woodlawn Road West near Woolwich Street. Staff recognized him from a shoplifting incident earlier in the week and began to follow him. The male became agitated and threatened to “mace” the employees before reaching into a fanny pack he was wearing and removing something.
Staff retreated and called police, who located the male in the area of the business. He was not found to be carrying any weapons.
A 40-year-old Guelph male is charged with two counts of uttering threats and breaching probation. He was held for a bail hearing Friday.
Stunt driving charge laid
A Guelph male was taken off the road after he was caught Thursday driving more than twice the speed limit.
A Guelph Police Service Traffic Unit officer was patrolling just before 1 p.m. in the area of Victoria Road South and College Avenue West when he observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was clocked at 110 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone.
A 21-year-old Guelph male is charged with stunt driving and speeding. His driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 30 days and his vehicle impounded for 15 days.
Total calls for service in the last 24 hours – 246
Brock Media Clips for Friday, May 20 – The Brock News – Brock University
Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.
Royal Canadian Tour continues, Indigenous groups await formal monarchy apology: Assistant Professor of Education Stanley ‘Bobby’ Henry spoke to CHCH about statements from Prince Charles that discussed residential schools in Canada and the need for reconciliation.
Brock prepares future nurses for challenges in the field: Department of Nursing Chair Karyn Taplay and Nursing student Sierra Smith spoke to Newstalk 610 CKTB about the growth of Brock’s Nursing program, as well as what it’s like to pursue a career in nursing. Taplay also discussed the Nursing program’s expanding enrolment in a St. Catharines Standard article.
Who are union members supporting in this election?: Professor of Labour Studies Larry Savage spoke to CBC’s Ontario Today program about the decision of a construction union to endorse the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario’s upcoming provincial election.
As several Canadian cities loosen public drinking laws, Toronto rejects proposal again: Professor of Health Sciences Dan Malleck spoke to The Globe and Mail about current conversations around alcohol consumption and their relationship to temperance movement of the 19th and 20th centuries. Malleck also spoke to Nunatsiaq News about Nunavut’s system of alcohol regulation.
“We want to make curling cool” — Rolling the dice on the Roaring Game: Assistant Professor of Sport Management Michael Naraine spoke to Yahoo!Sports about the potential for legal sports gambling to bring a new audience to the sport of curling.
If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at email@example.com
How marketers can work with diverse media suppliers – Smartbrief
Marketers need to be able to reach diverse, multicultural audiences with authentic, relevant messaging — while demonstrating to customers they’re walking the walk by championing diversity within their own organizations.
One way brands can achieve both is by working with diverse media suppliers.
A new set of guidelines on working with diverse media suppliers was published this week by the Association of National Advertisers, its Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing, and the American Association of Advertising Agencies.
America’s multicultural population “will be the majority in the not-too-distant future,” the report states, citing 2020 US Census Bureau data. The multicultural population rose to just over 42% in 2020, up from 36% in 2010.
The guide also lists more than a handful of business benefits from working with a diverse supplier base.
There’s a wealth of information in the guidelines, but we’ve highlighted some key information and advice:
How to find diverse media suppliers
The report offers several resources to help marketers get in touch with diverse media suppliers – those that are owned by ethnic minorities, women or the LGBTQ community. They are:
Diverse media requires different metrics
The guidelines recommend that marketers consider using alternative metrics when measuring diverse media performance.
This is because highly targeted audiences come with less scale and higher CPMs. Alternatives or additional metrics could include brand awareness, intent, favorable opinion, shares, video completion rates and click-thru rates.
The importance of diverse creators
The guidelines also offer resources to help marketers find diverse content creators, such as influencers, agencies, production companies and directors.
Involving diverse teams in the creation of content from the start can prevent brand missteps — such as this recent Samsung campaign, which missed the mark with women.
Cindy Gallop, consultant and founder and CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn, told SmartBrief in response to that Samsung campaign:
“Every brand and client — like Samsung — should mandate that their ads are overseen by women, created by women, approved by women, cast by women, directed by women, photographed by women, and announce that they will not give their business to any agency where the leadership team, the creatives and the creative decision-makers are all male.”
That example, which arose from a lack of female involvement in the creative, could apply to any campaign that hasn’t involved members of the audience it targets.
The right creative messaging
The guidelines therefore recommend that creative teams include diverse voices to ensure creative messaging is relatable.
“A lot of the time what we think works, and what works for a general market audience might not necessarily work for a multicultural audience,” said Paula Castro, multicultural creative business partner at Google, during an IAB NewFronts panel.
The importance of cultural nuance and heritage when engaging with Black audiences was recently explored by Numerator’s Amanda Schoenbauer, with a study by her company highlighting the levels of diverse thought and behavior within that community.
“A full picture view of this — or any — group of shoppers requires additional consumer context and segmentations,” Schoenbauer wrote.
Marketers can look to diverse suppliers to help deliver that context and culturally appropriate messaging. As one diverse supplier says in the report from the 4A’s, ANA and AIMM:
“There is much more value we can provide to connect through culture, heritage, emotion, nostalgia, etc.”
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