Make it easier for parents to limit kids’ smartphone time, says expert who signed open letter to Apple

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Make it easier for parents to limit kids’ smartphone time, says expert who signed open letter to Apple

CBC

Two of Apple’s major investors are calling on the company to do more to combat what it callls iPhone addiction in children.

In an open letter on Saturday, New York-based Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) said the company needs to come up with tools parents can use to limit how their children access their phones.

The two investors collectively control $2 billion US worth of Apple shares.

The letter cites research by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge linking smartphone use in children to a higher risk of depression and suicide

Twenge, who also signed the letter, spoke with As It Happens host Carol Off about what she would like Apple to do.

What evidence do you have that smartphones are bad for kids?

In a recent study, we found that teens who spend five or more hours a day on electronic devices are 71 per cent more likely to have at least one risk factor for suicide — those things like depression and thinking about suicide, or actually having attempted suicide.

Jean Twenge is the author of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us. (Gregory Bull/The Associated Press)

But there are so many things that young people are dealing with now in the world we’re in. How can you identify that it is from their devices?

I think what you’re asking here is how…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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