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New Law Protects Money Children Make as Influencers

September 6, 2023

New Law Protects Money Children Make as Influencers

Ask students: Where are children's profits for their work as entertainers already protected? Why did the new law in Illinois come to exist?

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Legislative efforts to protect children online typically center on their privacy. But thanks to the efforts of an Illinois teenager, the finances of some of the youngest digital workers could also be better protected in the future. Lisa Desjardins reports.

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Discussion Questions

  • What is an "influencer"?
  • Who is Shreya Nallamothu, and what is her background?
  • Where are children's profits for their work as entertainers already protected?
  • Why did the new law in Illinois come to exist?
  • How will the new law protect money made by children in the state?

Focus Questions

Do you think other legal protections are needed for kids who have a presence online as influencers, creators, or artists? If so, what protections do you think are needed?

Media literacy: Journalists have a limited amount of time to ask questions, one of the long-time challenges of news reporting. What additional questions would you have asked the guests if you were reporting this story?

Extension Discussion

Discuss as a class: If you were to advocate for one new law to protect students online, what would it be, and why?

Media and Digital Literacy Resources

Foster digital literacy and safety online and explore the algorithmic biases that can cause direct harm to young people online.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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