The media has blown up over iPhone addiction among children. In an open letter to Apple, New York-based Jana Peters and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CaSTRS) said,
“There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset and no company can outsource that responsibility.”
Apple is currently investigating the letter that has been brought to their attention. Since Apple is the leader in mobile devices, it makes sense this would be brought to them. They have the money to support these claims, and they can have an effect on the addiction that is occurring among children.
Of course, Apple probably thinks this isn’t a problem on their part, but on society and technology as a whole. At some point, parental involvement has to be considered, as children do not have the funds or capability to purchase these devices on their own.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out for Apple and everyone involved.
We often receive devices that parents say belong to their children. We had one parent say that we can take our time because it means that their children wouldn’t be able to have access to it, and that is greatly needed since they spend a majority of their time in front of the screen.
We suspect that children will likely find another screen to stare at, depending on if that is accessible. Sure, some children may head outdoors, but those are the ones who likely would have headed outdoors anyway, so it’s not really the mobile device that is effecting there activity level.
We agree with the iPhone addiction or technology addiction wholeheartedly. It is something that needs to be looked at and solved. Whether that is on Apple’s shoulders or someone else’s is another question.