The Organization for Social Media Safety (SMS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fighting to make social media safe for everyone. SMS was founded by Ed Peisner after his teenage son Jordan was viciously assaulted in West Hills, CA. The attack was filmed and uploaded to social media by an associate of the attacker. Jordan was left with serious and life-long injuries from the assault. Ed formed SMS with the goal of ensuring that no other family had to endure such a terrible ordeal. With patient determination, Ed set to work on public policy advocacy and grassroots engagement. Incredibly, within only a year, California, because of Ed’s hard work, passed the nation’s first law, Jordan’s Law, to deter social media motivated violence, or attacks initiated to be filmed and distributed on social media for the purpose of gaining internet notoriety. Today, SMS protects against all social media-related dangers, including cyberbullying, violence, trafficking, and propaganda, through a comprehensive approach that includes: Educating families on safe social media practices, advocating for public policies that protect social media consumers and developing technology to provide real-time protection from social media-related threats.
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