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Amazon Alexa: is it Friends With Your Kids?

The tech giants are racing to get digital assistants into our homes - the Amazon Echo Dot currently has a 40% discount during Amazon Prime Day - but debate rages over whether they are suitable for children. There have certainly been teething problems. Toy giant Mattel abandoned its "AI babysitter", Aristotle, last year following privacy [...]

By |2018-07-30T14:15:32+00:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Apple Offers Tools to Help with Smartphone Addiction

Apple has unveiled new tools to help people control their smartphone use, after facing accusations that its technology is "addictive". A tool called Screen Time will create daily and weekly activity reports, the technology giant announced on Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose. The reports will detail how long you spend in [...]

By |2018-06-07T19:51:40+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Mental Illness, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Petition on ‘Dangerous’ Cosmetic Surgery Kids Apps

At first glance they look innocent enough. But most parents don’t realise these common apps are seriously damaging our kids. Children as young as three are being taught to critique their own bodies and appearance through “dangerous” cosmetic surgery apps, experts have warned. A range of these games can be found on various app stores, [...]

Sarahah: Anonymous App Dropped From App Stores After Bullying Accusations

A wildly popular anonymous messaging app has been removed from the Apple and Google stores after accusations that it has been facilitating bullying. But the company's chief executive denies the claims and says the app isn't meant to be used by younger teens. Katrina Collins was appalled by the anonymous messages her 13-year-old daughter was [...]

By |2018-03-05T14:00:57+00:00March 1st, 2018|Categories: Bullying, Cybersafety|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Former Facebook and Apple Employees Team Up to Warn About Tech Addiction

A group of ex-Facebook, Google, and Apple employees have announced the formation of The Center for Humane Technology, a coalition designed to fight the growing threat of tech addiction among teens and adolescents, the New York Times reports. The coalition will first launch a campaign called The Truth About Tech. One of the main goals is [...]

By |2018-02-12T09:50:26+00:00February 9th, 2018|Categories: Cybersafety, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Technology|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

From Distraction to Addiction

I'm sick to death of my phone and I definitely display problematic behaviours toward it. I couldn't find it the other night and spent 20 panicked minutes turning the house upside down. I think technology, and especially social media use, are the recreational drugs of the modern era. Everyone seems addicted. We can't go anywhere [...]

Apple: New Parental Control is Coming

Earlier this week Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, two Apple shareholder groups, posted an open letter to Apple asking for more and better parental controls for iPhone. "More than 10 years after the iPhone's release, it is a cliché to point out the ubiquity of Apple's devices among children and [...]

The Psychology of iSheep

The reputation of Apple’s fans is as well known as Apple’s products. These are the people who have already started lining up outside Apple stores, just to be first to own the latest iPhone. When they are not in line, they scour the Internet for articles that affirm their belief in Apple’s products, reacting swiftly [...]