February 16, 2024

Congress Must Act Now to Protect Children on Social Media Platforms from an Unregulated Big Tech Industry

Statement from Donna Rice Hughes
?CEO and President
Enough Is Enough®

Enough Is Enough®® has been a pioneering leader in national efforts to prevent the online exploitation of children since launching the internet safety movement in 1994. Historically, the technology industry has promised to self-regulate and prioritize child safety but has failed miserably. While EIE works tirelessly to educate, equip and empower parents and caregivers to be the first line of defense, they cannot safeguard their vulnerable children alone and need Big Tech and government to do their part.

Enough Is Enough® calls on Congress to pass the Kids Online Safety Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Marsha Blackburn, (R-TN), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), without delay. This bipartisan child protection bill, which has 62 co-sponsors, will create accountability for the multi-billion-dollar technology platforms by establishing a “duty of care” to keep children safe online and put safety over corporate profits. The measure would also provide parents with the tools, safeguards and transparency they need to protect their children from online harm.

The testimonies of countless families and individuals whose lives have been torn apart over a life taken or destroyed as a result of social media’s promotion of eating disorders, suicide, substance abuse or sexual exploitation should move this Congress into immediate action. It is evident from decades of industry's failure to self-regulate that immediate legislation is needed to "Rein In Big Tech" once and for all, for the sake of children worldwide.


Donna Rice Hughes, President and CEO of Enough Is Enough®®, is an internationally known internet safety expert, author, speaker, media commentator and Emmy winning producer. She has also served on various government task forces and is a former COPA Commissioner for the Child Online Protection Act.