“Spend some time introducing your child to social media, the same way you introduce them to your neighborhood,” advises Dr. Sherry Turkle, author of “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age” and an MIT psychologist. “It is simply now part of parenting.”
“Nearly half of Generation Z kids ages 11 or younger view digital videos for entertainment, outweighing their dependence on social media. Also, two-thirds of 10- to 12-year-olds have YouTube accounts.”
Facebook has launched its Messenger Kids app, geared toward children under 13. The messaging app allows parents to set up the account and approve their children’s contacts. The company says that the free app has no ads or in-app purchases. It was released as a preview on iOS devices and will be available to a larger audience at a future date. “We’re going to see how kids are using it, and that will allow us to add updates in future versions as necessary,” a Facebook spokeswoman said. Under current law, people under 13 cannot legally sign up for Facebook.
Looks like Google has responded swiftly to the article from Sunday’s NY Times highlighted yesterday in Tablettoddlers.
From the MediaPost article: Google’s YouTube has released an updated version of YouTube Kids, a version of the video app that features age-appropriate content and more restricted advertising.
The revamped app allows users to create multiple profiles for their kids. The profiles will also change as the child ages, with younger users seeing more pictures and less text, while older users get more content on the homescreen.
The new profiles will work across all devices that have the app.
Kids will also be able to set their own passcode for their profile to keep their siblings out, though parents will be able to override it. Parents will also be able to select and tailor programming for their kids when they first set up the profiles in the app.
Here’s a story from the Sunday New York Times about YouTube Kids. The app has more than 11 million weekly viewers. But some disturbing knockoff videos have reached children, upsetting parents. The takeaway:
“Parents and children have flocked to Google-owned YouTube Kids since it was introduced in early 2015. The app’s more than 11 million weekly viewers are drawn in by its seemingly infinite supply of clips, including those from popular shows by Disney and Nickelodeon, and the knowledge that the app is supposed to contain only child-friendly content that has been automatically filtered from the main YouTube site. But the app contains dark corners, too, as videos that are disturbing for children slip past its filters, either by mistake or because bad actors have found ways to fool the YouTube Kids algorithms.”
Common Sense Media, a San Francisco nonprofit that studies children’s relationship with technology, just released a survey showing an enormous spike in mobile media use by children 8 and under: Mobile is having a big impact on the youngest members of society.
The study found that nearly half of kids 8 and younger — 42 percent — have a tablet of their own, up from less than 1 percent who owned their own tablets in 2011.