Social Media Exploitation

The stereotypical stage mother is about to meet 21st century legislation. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

While laws protect child actors from exploitative Hollywood studios, children of parents hoping to cash in on their kids’ cuteness on social media for financial gain don’t have the same protections.  But now, the state of Washington is looking to become the first state to change that.

After testimony by kids whose parents shared the most private information about them, including about their medical conditions, violating their privacy and causing them to be bullied, Washington State lawmakers drafted a bill which, if it passes, will provide kids the right to financial compensation and let them request deletion of content in which they’re featured when they reach the age of majority.  But even before such laws pass, think before you post information about your kids. You don’t want to be the kind of parents who look to make money at the expense of your kids’ mental or physical health.

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