Apple Investors Urging Action To Curb Child Gadget Addiction

I've been screaming about this for a very long time! Our children are addicted to their tablets and smart phones and it cannot be good! 

Now two major Apple investors are urging Apple to take action on smartphone addiction among children, highlighting the concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.

Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, said in open letter to Apple that the company must do more to help children fight addiction to its devices.

"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," Saturday's letter said. "Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do."

The groups are proposing for Apple to establish an expert committee including child development specialists; offer Apple's vast information to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children's health.

They cited numerous research on how these gadgets are negatively affecting a child's physical and mental health. 

This is real and as parents we also have to take responsibility.  Kudos to this group of investors on leading the conversation. 

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