School of Public and Population Health Professor Kimberly Rauscher was recently quoted in the FiveThirtyEight article “Why ‘Kidfluencers’ Have So Few Protections — Even As Americans Support Regulating The Industry.”
In the article, Rauscher speaks about the lack of child labor laws pertaining to children appearing on social media platforms and in the greater entertainment industry. Although the influencer community is a booming aspect of the social media industry, Rauscher said there is little published research on how working as influencers can negatively affect children. Research, Rauscher said, will help drive changes to child labor protections in the U.S.
Rauscher’s research focuses on occupational health and safety policy and injury prevention with an emphasis on adolescent workers in the U.S.