Written by PTC | Published January 30, 2024
Last month Apple made available the latest update to its operating system, iOS 17.2. Along with new customization and security features, the new iOS also downloads and automatically installs a new “Journal” app – and it already has child safety experts concerned.
Written by PTC | Published January 3, 2024
According to one survey, almost 199 million adults in the United States planned to buy tech products and services as presents during the last holiday season. Among the most popular tech gifts were video game consoles (46 million), smartphones (50 million), and streaming or download services (59 million).
Written by PTC | Published November 14, 2023
Facebook and other social media companies become addictive because they provide a “social validation feedback loop.” Every time the user gets a notification that someone has liked or commented on one of their posts, they get a little hit of dopamine – the chemical in the brain most closely associated with feeling good. Social media companies ensure that kids get a regular supply of dopamine hits by using algorithms to increase engagement and keep kids locked on social media for hours at a time
Written by PTC | Published October 6, 2023
We know that families want to watch TV together. Streamers know it, too. It’s an easy, affordable, low-stress way for families to spend time together, and according to one survey, 62% of respondents said that watching TV together as a family helped them bond. Yet less than 20% report watching TV with children under the age of 18.
Why is that?
Written by PTC | Published September 22, 2023
Programming like Sex Education was conceived not only to exploit the growing teen market but also to drive a wedge between parents and their kids. Teens and, unfortunately, even younger children are being influenced by Netflix and other entertainment companies. In essence, they are being counseled: “You can’t go to your parents with your questions. But you can go to us via your TV, computer, or other electronic device.” This is a real danger.
Written by PTC | Published September 15, 2023
More and more parents, grandparents, educators and concerned citizens are asking for guardrails around social media borne out of a growing recognition of the toll social media has taken on the mental health of a generation of children. Eight out of ten youth mental health specialists say social media is fueling a mental health crisis.
Your representatives need to hear from you.
Written by PTC | Published September 8, 2023
To help you, we’ve developed a “Screen Time Safety and Cyber Kindness Contract” that you can print out, review together and sign. It is my sincere hope that this will be a help to you in establishing and enforcing household rules about technology.
Written by PTC | Published August 21, 2023
On top of all the other questionable programming decisions Disney has been making over the last few years, this one tops them all.
News outlets are reporting that Disney is hiring Ryan Murphy away from Netflix as soon as his $300 million development deal with Netflix ends.