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

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

Recently, a letter addressed to Apple's board of directors was sent by two shareholders, JANA Partners LLC and The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). "And we're not doctors and we don't pretend to be".

"There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, this may be having unintentional negative consequences", according to the letter from the investors, who combined own about $2 billion in Apple shares.

At the weekend, an open letter from a group of investors expressed concern about the overuse of Apple devices by children and teenagers.

Jana, a leading activist shareholder, and CalSTRS, also asked Apple to study the impact of excessive phone use on mental health, according to the publication.

Citing a study by Center on Media and Child Health and the University of Alberta, the letter states that digital technology use is linked to social and emotional problems among students. Especially 8th grade students are the most heavily into social media devices and they require the utmost care with this potentially addictive technology.

Apple "can be part of the solution and thus improve their product, and thus improve their customer satisfaction and loyalty", he said. The best companies are aware of this tension, and strive to consider more than profit in establishing their goals and aspirations. "There's actual social change".


"We believe that addressing this issue now will enhance long-term value for all shareholders, by creating more choices and options for your customers today and helping to protect the next generation of leaders, innovators and customers tomorrow", the letter says.

"What would be very helpful is a (feature) where we're not setting really strict limits as parents, we're not directly supervising them but they don't have total freedom either". "You wouldn't give a power saw to an infant or a toddler, but you would introduce it to a child who is hold enough to handle it effectively and do good things with it".

Many mobile apps, including some of the most popular games and social media sites, are created to be as addictive and time-consuming as possible, the letter said. And what is a safe amount of screen time for children?

"It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways", Sean Parker, Facebook's founding president, said in an interview with Axios in November. And he said: "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains".

He says if Apple has data that researchers could use in terms of health outcomes such as depression and suicide, that would be beneficial.

This is just one example of this wellness trend coming to life.

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