Taelyce DePina

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Since the days of Shirly Temple, Hollywood has been tasked with the care of children thrust into the spotlight. Hollywood is usually filled with kids being forced into adult situations, missing out on a normal childhood, and developing severe trauma because of fame despite the many laws protecting them. However, these laws have not evolved to protect the modern-day child actors, kid influencers. Kid influencers are children who perform in videos that are posted on social media platforms for millions of people to see. They earn money through sponsored posts and views rather than being paid by a single corporation. Child actors must follow Coogan law which states that 15% of a child actors’ earnings must go into an account that they cannot access until they are eighteen. This law does not apply to kid influencers, and there is no law that guarantees they will see a dime of the money they made. Coogan law should apply to kid influencers especially since most of them make more money than child actors. Their lives are treated like a television series that everyone on the internet watches. They make more content than child actors but receive none of the protections that child actors receive. The purpose of this project is to research the Piper Rockelle lawsuit.

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Barbara Frazier, LP.D.

Academic Discipline

College of Arts & Sciences



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