When Is a Child Instagram-Ready?

From the NY Times article:

“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.”


America’s Real Digital Divide

From an interesting op-ed in today’s NY Times:

“A group of former Facebook and Google employees last week began a campaign to change the tech companies they had a hand in creating. The initiative, called Truth About Tech, aims to push these companies to make their products less addictive for children — and it’s a good start.  But there’s more to the problem. If you think middle-class children are being harmed by too much screen time, just consider how much greater the damage is to minority and disadvantaged kids, who spend much more time in front of screens.”

Kids and the Future of AI

Friend of Tablettoddlers Cory Treffiletti has a great column today on MediaPost about kids and the future of AI.

What really caught my attention was the part about how advertising resonates with his kids because watching commercials in a world in which everything is on-demand is almost like a rare treat.  Tablettoddlers was just having this same conversation over a delicious Chinese food lunch today with friends Joanna and Glen.

When it comes to our kids and AI, I agree wholeheartedly with Cory’s closing line…”it’s going to be an interesting 20 years ahead, that’s for sure.”

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Limiting Kids’ Access to Smartphones, Tablets and Computers is so 2017

Some educators and researchers are now starting to say that children could benefit from spending more time with screens. New guidance calls for monitoring varieties of interaction, favoring “active” time and creative pursuits over “passive” experiences like watching hours of video.

Check out this Wall Street Journal article for more.

Apple Defends Its Smartphone Practices for Children

Apple Inc. defended its record of providing parental controls and other protections for children who use its iPhones and other devices, after a pair of prominent investors called on the tech giant to take more steps to curb the ill effects of smartphones. In a statement, Apple said that its mobile software includes extensive parental controls governing different types of content and applications, noting that it started offering some of them as early as 2008.

For more, check out this Wall Street Journal article.

A baby girl plays with a cellphone while riding on the New York subway. Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone use among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.