San Mateo County Board Of Education Sues Several Social Media Companies Addicting Students
According to a report from ABP Live, Meta—the parent company of Facebook and Instagram—is facing another lawsuit from a school district. The San Mateo County Board of Education has filed a complaint against the social media giant alleging harm to children and teenagers because of social media addiction. The lawsuit is part of a major wave of claims against Meta and other top social media companies. Here, our New Jersey and New York social media addiction lawyer discusses the allegations raised in the lawsuit and highlights the steps to take if social media harmed your child.
San Mateo County Board Alleges Social Media Caused Unprecedented Psychological Problems
The San Mateo County Board of Education has filed a lawsuit against Meta on the grounds that the social media giant (owner of Facebook and Instagram) is responsible for causing a mental health crisis among students. Specifically, the Board of Education argues that it has been required to redirect its resources and away from its core educational objectives to deal with the “unprecedented psychological issues” that students are dealing with. Notably, San Mateo County is not the first school district to file a complaint against Meta. Early this year, Seattle Public Schools took similar legal action. Parents are also suing Meta and other social media companies.
A Facebook Whistleblower Set Off the Wave of Litigation With Disclosures in 2021
In 2021, the Facebook whistleblower (Frances Haugen) disclosed internal documents revealing that the company (Meta) was aware of the negative impact its platforms had on the mental health of children and teenagers. Notably, Instagram was cited as particularly problematic. Haugen’s disclosures showed that Facebook’s own research indicated that Instagram contributed to body image issues, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts among young users, especially girls. Despite knowing the potential harm, the company allegedly prioritized growth and engagement over the well-being of its users.
Understanding the Legal Options for Parents and Families
Social media addiction is a big deal. Large companies must be held accountable for the harm that they have caused to minors. Parents and families have a right to take legal action to seek justice. It is crucial to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in this area of law to discuss the specific circumstances and determine the best course of action. Our attorneys can help. We are actively reviewing and investigating Meta lawsuit claims, including class action litigation against the social media giant. If your child was harmed by social media addiction, you should speak to a lawyer.
Contact Our New Jersey & New York Social Media Addiction Lawsuit Attorney Today
At Poulos LoPiccolo PC, our New Jersey & New York social media addiction lawyer is committed to protecting the rights and interests of teenagers, parents, and families. If your child or teenager was harmed due to social media addiction, we are here as a legal resource. Justice matters. Contact us today to set up a fully confidential, no obligation consultation.