American school filed a case against social media companies

American school filed a case against social media companies: saying- they are hindering the mental development of children, and responsibility will have to be taken

Jan 10, 2023 - 15:29
American school filed a case against social media companies

Seattle Public School of America has filed a case against social media companies like Tiktok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat. The school says that social media is not affecting the mental development of children and teenagers. These companies will have to take responsibility for this.
The school has filed a 91-page petition in the district court. In this, companies have been accused of making children victims increase their watch time. Due to this children are getting anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Along with this, they are also becoming victims of cyberbullying. In such a situation, it has become difficult for schools to teach children.
The school said, the situation is such that psychiatrists have to be appointed in the school, and the curriculum has to be changed. The school has included the disadvantages of social media in the curriculum. The school has given additional training to teachers to explain the impact of social media.
In the decade from 2009 to 2019, 30% more children reported feeling sad or hopeless for two weeks or more at school. The school has demanded in the petition that these companies stop creating havoc in society. Pay compensation for the damage done so far. To raise awareness about their harm and pay for the treatment of those who have become ill because of them.
New studies have found that children and teens who frequently check their social media accounts have smaller brains. Neuroscientists from the University of North Carolina in the US scanned the brains of 12- to 15-year-old middle schoolers. This is the age when the brain develops the most.
Researchers found that children who become addicted to social media by the age of 12 become more sensitive to the likes and comments received on it. They cannot tolerate negative comments. This trend increases with time. Whereas those who are not addicted to social media, don't care about comments or likes.
97% of US teens are active on social media accounts daily, while 46% spend most of their time on social media. Eva H. Telzer, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, says that teenagers who become addicted to social media will have to suffer the consequences in youth and more frighteningly.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer