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Apple to introduce enhanced parental controls to counter iPhone addiction in children

Apple to introduce enhanced parental controls to counter iPhone addiction in children

Newer reports nevertheless point out that Apple has finally responded to the investors' demand for iPhone Addiction in Kids.

California State Teachers' Retirement System and New York-based Jana Partners have warned that the increasing use of smartphones and internet by children have long-term implications for their health.

Negotiating screen time is becoming as classic a parent-child debate as golden oldies like "Vegetables v. Dessert" and "Bedtime v".

Professor Twenge's research indicated that USA teenagers spending three or more hours a day on their mobile phones were 35% more likely to have a suicide risk factor than those who spend less than an hour.

On Monday, Apple responded to the letter by pointing out that it has equipped parents with wide control over what their children hear and see on its devices. In November, a small study presented at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting found that teenagers who scored highly on tests created to detect smartphone addiction had chemical imbalances in their brains similar to those seen in people experiencing anxiety and depression.

In the open letter signed by JANA Partners LLC Managing Partner Barry Rosenstein and Anna Sheehan, the director of corporate governance for the California State Teachers' Retirement System, the two proclaimed, "we believe there is a clear need for Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner".

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"We're not software engineers, and we don't pretend to be", Charles Penner, a partner at Jana, told HuffPost. But they also suggested the company should be more proactive about smartphone addition to ensure their leadership in the marketplace. "Over time, if a child's screen-time use means spending too little time on activities that are critical for development - such as completing homework, playing sports or socializing with friends - that child can fall behind peers in these critical areas and can develop low self-esteem and anxiety or withdrawal when faced with situations that test competence in these areas".

According to an American Psychological Association (APA) survey of over 3,500 USA parents, 58% say they worry about the influence of social media on their child's physical and mental health, 48% say that regulating their child's screen time is a "constant battle", and 58% say they feel like their child is "attached" to their phone or tablet. Is the product to blame or is it a lack of parental supervision?

Apple Inc.is the largest holding in CalSTRS' domestic equities portfolio worth close to $1.9 billion (as of December 31, 2017). "Apple is the smartest place to start".

Penner also reiterated that the issue was not about who or what are at fault. To that end, when it comes to tackling smartphone addiction, Penner said the company could be more proactive by making those parental controls more sophisticated and front-and-center than the options now available on its products.

But consumers can't rely on technology companies to make devices that are risk-free and don't require good parenting, Johnson says.

The excessive use of smartphones was also linked to children's exposure to sleep deprivation. "There's more research out there, and we think that the controls. can be brought up to date to align with the research and developments in technology".


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