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  • Nicki Reisberg

A Mother's Warning About Online Harms (with Deb Schmill)



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Show Notes


DISCLAIMER: This episode includes details related to sexual assault of a minor. Please listen with caution.


Deb Schmill shares the story of her daughter, Becca, who experienced a severe trauma at just 15 years old which led to addiction and her death by fentanyl poisoning in 2020.


Smartphones and social media are facilitating online harms, including access to drugs and content that is deadly to many teens. My conversation with Deb emphasizes the need for parents to have open conversations with their children, be aware of their online activities and to create boundaries around device usage.


We also discuss the need for passage of the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA), a federal bill that will save childrens' lives. Contact your Senators and Representatives in the House; ask them to pass KOSA now before we lose more children to online harms!


Deb and her family founded the Becca Schmill Foundation and work to fund research, hosting community programs, and advocating for policies to protect children. https://beccaschmillfdn.org 


This episode is sponsored by Bark Technologies.

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