I’m REALLY proud of the content of this episode. I’m bothered by some of the audio issues but that’s just me trying to be perfect instead of reveling in being a NOOB. Haha.
But Ed’s message is so important. I hope you’ll help me get it out there. See the show notes below for how to help.
After a long career in business, Ed Peisner founded the Organization for Social Media Safety in 2017 after his teenage son Jordan was viciously assaulted in West Hills, CA. The attack was filmed and uploaded to social media by an associate of the attacker. Jordan was left with serious and life-long injuries from the assault. Ed formed SMS with the goal of ensuring that no other family had to endure such a terrible ordeal. With patient determination, Ed set to work on public policy advocacy and grassroots engagement.
Incredibly, within only a year and because of Ed’s hard work, California passed the nation’s first law to deter social media motivated violence, or attacks initiated to be filmed and distributed on social media for the purpose of gaining internet notoriety. The law was aptly called Jordan’s Law. After a successful year of advocacy, Ed realized the true scope and depth of the threats coming from social media use and the absence of any organization really dedicated exclusively to social media-related risks. So, in 2018, SMS expanded its mission, becoming an independent and non-partisan social media watchdog and consumer protection organization.
Ed now serves as SMS’ Director of Education. He proudly travels the country teaching thousands of students and parents how best to stay safe while using social media.
Books Mentioned in Episode 1
What Parents Need to Know About Tik Tok and musical.ly
The Facts: What is Sex Trafficking and How Widespread Is It?
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1 (888) 373-7888
As for you and me – Let’s Hang Out!
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