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The Legal Eagle’s winter 2024 is a Special Social Media Edition and contains articles on social media bans for kids under 13, banning Tik Tok, and information literacy. A PDF of the Legal Eagle’s Special Social Media Edition can be downloaded or individual articles can be read and/or printed from The Legal Eagle’s blog, The Lowdown.

Any questions, contact the editor of The Legal Eagle, Jodi L. Miller. She can be reached via email at jmiller@njsbf.org.

Here are the headlines from The Legal Eagle’s Winter 2024 Issue:

Lawmakers Look to Curb Harm on Social Media Platforms

According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 95% of kids ages 13 to 17 are on social media, with more than a third of them admitting “they use social media ‘almost constantly.’” In May 2023, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released an advisory about the harmful effects of social media usage on our nation’s youth. READ MORE

Tik Tok Bans Show Difficulty of Balancing National Security and Free Speech

Since its creation in 2016, TikTok, the short-form video-sharing app, has grown significantly. Currently, TikTok has approximately 1.1 billion active users worldwide—150 million of them are in the United States where the app launched in 2018.  According to the Pew Research Center, two out of three American teenagers use TikTok.

Despite its popularity, an August 2023 Reuters/Ipsos survey revealed that nearly half of Americans support a full or partial ban on TikTok. This comes after government officials have expressed national security concerns about TikTok’s China-based parent company, ByteDance. READ MORE

Garden State Aims to Give Students the Tools to Spot Fact from Fiction

Growing up in the age of technology, the convenience of googling information on any topic is probably second nature to you. The problem is the possibility that the information you’re getting could be inaccurate (misinformation) or purposely misleading (disinformation). READ MORE

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