If you feel compelled to speak up against the companies that have too much power and influence over our human attention and youth development, here is a list of companies you can become more involved with to really impact change from lawsuits to legislation and some we have reservations about the biased nature of their information & advice.
You are also encouraged to reach out to our network of coaches to book a free consult to talk about these issues and to collaborate on how to spread awareness to make schools and the internet a safer place.
Unbiased Non-Tech funded Organizations Pushing for Legislative Protections against Unsafe Media Design
Fairplay: Unbiased advocacy (funding doesn't come from big tech swaying their recommendations)
Media Literacy Now - Over and over, we see that grassroots local and state-level advocacy is the engine that moves media literacy education forward. We’re working to ensure media literacy skills are taught in every K-12 classroom around the United States, but we cannot do this work without you.
Fight The New Drug - speaking up against pornography
Watch the 2/14/23 Senate Hearing, see video clips below
Social Media and Gaming Litigation Companies:
12/11/22 60 Minutes Special on Media Lawsuits
Bruster: Law with A Higher Purpose
Article on Lawsuits
Reporting with a Purpose
Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon- consistent weekly articles, videos, and change-making investigative reporting about the harms of media and children however some articles like the one on Robux (crypto currency marketed to children with addictive intermitent reward and gambeling design) is concerning.
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Change.Org - Speak up Against the National PTA using TikTok and Discord to give internet safety presentations and not disclosing where $2M funds are allocated and for what purpose, when TikTok is the source of many negative behavior challenges and culture of disrespect that schools struggle with on a daily basis. This wolf in sheep's clothing technique should not be condoned with TikTok pretending to help schools and promote positive media use.
Boston Children's "Digital Wellness Lab"
Sponsored by Meta and TikTok, the Digital Wellness Lab should not be affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital and gives consistent misinformation about the risks of social media and gaming, downplaying the seriousness of media harm with questionable polls of uninformed parents using self-collected statistics to support their claims. Speak up against industry articles that look to them as a source of information on how to guide medical professionals.
Common Sense Media
Funded by Zuckerberg Foundation, Twitter, and other Big Tech (featured on their website), are biased in their presentation of recommendations and spending more than $17M in salary from fundraising and donations they can no longer claim they are unbaised but still position themselves as providing "trustworthy information" "Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century." Conflict of interest, stock holdings, and funding sources are not listed on their 990 filings which is also cause for concern even tho they claim to have no affiliation with media.
Other concerning organizations or those that are tackling these issues head? Email us email@example.com
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