A Shelby County Attorney for Your Child’s Social Media Case
Our law firm recently announced we’re joining a lawsuit against social media giants Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. As a child social media lawyer in Shelby County, TN, I’ve seen the harm these apps have caused.
I believe social media has done irreparable harm to children and teens’ mental health. And if your family has been impacted, we can help.
Here’s what you need to know about why we’re pursuing this lawsuit and whether you might have a case.
The Impact of Social Media on Child Mental Health
It seems like every day, more data comes out about how social media affects our brains. It has addictive qualities similar to drugs and leads to higher rates of depression and anxiety. And that’s for adults—imagine how much worse it is for kids, whose brains are still forming.
Social media draws children in from an early age and often exposes them to very dangerous content. Children who use these apps have reported higher depression and lower self-esteem. Some have even found self-harm guides on the apps, including information encouraging:
As a result, parents of some children and teens report their kids’ personalities have changed completely. They’ve stopped enjoying things they once loved. Some children and teens have needed psychiatric treatment. And in some cases, they’ve even lost their lives.
What Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat Did (and Didn’t Do)
We now know from internal company data that the social media platforms knew about these risks to children and teens and made few if any changes.
Here’s some of what we believe the apps did wrong:
- allowed minors and very young children to access exploitative content
- used algorithms that focused on engagement even if it meant pushing eating disorder content
- hosted content that taught children how to get around parental controls
- maintained messaging systems that made very young children vulnerable to bullying, harassment, and abuse
And while all of that is terrible, we also believe they failed our kids by their neglect. Here’s just some of what they didn’t do when they had the chance:
- failed to verify children’s ages, despite their own 13+ age policies
- refused to protect kids from their own algorithms, which encouraged self-harm
- never warned parents or the public properly about the risks to children and teens
- didn’t make changes or heed warnings when confronted by parents or even Congress.
At every turn, these companies could have stopped targeting children or controlled their own algorithms appropriately. They could have made changes to private messaging for minors, limited their time on the apps, or told parents the risks. Instead, they hid the dangers, and children suffered and died.
Getting a Child Social Media Lawyer in Shelby County TN
Our Memphis attorneys intend to hold these companies accountable. We’re looking to speak with anyone whose child is 23 or younger and who needed treatment due to their time on social media. This includes treatment for:
- eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia
- suicide attempts or ideation
- exploitation and abuse
If your child or teen’s toxic experience with social media caused them to suffer from any of the problems above, we believe you’re entitled to compensation. We’d like to help you get some justice from these companies for what they did to your child.
Our attorneys are taking each case separately, and we’ll work with you personally and answer any questions you have along the way. We’re in this fight together with you, and we don’t make a penny unless and until you do.
You and your child deserve so much better than what these apps brought them. We can’t undo the damage, but we can help you get compensation and make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else’s kids.
We’re happy to talk through the process with you, no strings attached. To get started, contact us today at 901-327-2100 or fill out the form below to have us contact you.