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ConnectSafelyOct 22, 2018
Why tech companies are offering services for younger children
by Larry Magid We've all heard the stories about kids spending too much time with their devices or, worse, spending that time doing things online that they probably shouldn't be doing. It's been an issue since I started writing about kids and tech in the early 90s but with the proliferation of phones and tablets — sometimes now getting into the tiny hands of toddlers — the issue has the attention of the media, policy makers and the public. And, as AP writer Michael Liedtke recently reported, even tech luminaries like Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom worry about their kids' use of technology. "Obviously, like anything — whether it's food, or drink — moderation is key," Systrom told the AP. Liedtke interviewed Urban Airship executive Mike Herrick who, "sees his 13-year-old daughter getting lost in her smartphone and wonders: Is technology messing with children's brains, even as it enlightens and empowers them in ways that weren't possible when his generation grew up?" The message about the potential overuse and misuse of technology has reached the campuses of major tech companies including Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft — all of which have made some moves to help parents moderate their kids (and their [...]
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