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Five Ontario school boards are suing the companies behind major social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, alleging their addictive products have caused the students to suffer from mental health issues, and causing widespread damage and disruption to the education system.

Why students harmed by addictive social media need more than cellphone bans and surveillance

Is a cellphone ban, along with increased surveillance, the right way to deal with the impact of addictive and harmful technology in classrooms?
Many of the AI images generated by spammers and scammers have religious themes. immortal70/iStock via Getty Images

From shrimp Jesus to fake self-portraits, AI-generated images have become the latest form of social media spam

Visually appealing and cheap to produce, AI-generated images allow scammers and spammers to post high volumes of engaging content − and Facebook’s algorithm may be promoting these posts.
Some fault teachers for an inability to restrict phone use at school. But both students and some parents resist this, and problems far exceed in-class distraction. A student puts her phone in a holder at Delta High School in Delta, Utah, in February 2024. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

School board social media lawsuits: For too long we’ve sought individual solutions to a collective problem

Four Canadian school boards are suing social media giants. This comes as 95 per cent of Ontario schools report needing more resources to support student mental health.
The CEOs of Discord, Snap, TikTok, X and Meta prepare to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 31, 2024. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Are social media apps ‘dangerous products’? 2 scholars explain how the companies rely on young users but fail to protect them

As legislators rail against social media companies, the companies continue to put millions of young people at risk. Here’s how − and what can be done about it.

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