Making Our Everyday Better with Technology
Speaking Of “Out There…”
Thank you to everyone who expressed such enthusiastic support for my letter to Apple’s CEO, calling for improved parental controls! While my letter is still under a 10-day review period, I have been reminded that great opportunities can surface just by putting yourself “out there.”
Speaking of out there, the truth was out in full force this week with revelations from former Silicon Valley executives that our favorite tech companies, for years, have been intentionally designing technology to be addictive. Our phones have become the slot machines in our pockets, and Common Sense Media and the Center for Humane Technology have formed a coalition to raise awareness in schools and lobby for policy change.
Binge-watching was first recognized as a cultural phenomenon in early 2017 when it was added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary. I’ve spent too many late nights at the mercy of this feature, and before all the hubbub this week, I would have never stopped to consider how the “Playing Up Next” 15-second countdown on Amazon, YouTube and Netflix keeps us hooked in. Annoyed by the now clear motivations behind this feature, I went on a mission to investigate whether these default settings could be turned off.
I’ve shared my findings below in excerpts from my Parental Controls Resource Guide, which I would LOVE feedback on. My schedule is open for lunch; please join me live or by phone here and in 20-minutes, I hope to make managing screentime feel a little more manageable!
With best wishes,
Founder and CEO
Did you know you can turn the Auto Play feature off? Will you take action and how will this affect you and your kids?
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How to Stop Binge-watching Before It Starts!
It’s happened to all of us–parents and children. The cliffhanger’s really good, and before we can reach the remote, the next episode already has us hooked. To turn off this Automatic Playing feature for our favorite content providers follow these steps:
Step 1: On their website, find the Automatic Player feature in the top right corner when a video is playing
Step 2: Slide it to the off position
Step 3: Repeat these steps on every iOS device and computer where you watch NetFlix
You’d like to turn this feature off on YouTube kids, but this option is nowhere to be found. Google, you might want to get on fixing this right quick!
Step 1: Go to their website, and under Your Account and Lists, navigate down to Your Video Library
Step 2: Select Settings (next to your video library)
Step 3: Navigate down to Player Preferences
Step 4: Select the Off button.
Note: Changing this setting on your computer will also overlay to your TV. However, you will have to turn this off for each of your iOS devices in Prime Video in Settings.
Step 1: Go to your Profile
Step 2: Tap the menu button
Step 3: Scroll down to account and select
Step 4: Scroll down to the very end to My Profile and select Playback Settings
Step 5: Uncheck Auto-play
Step 6: Do these for all your adult profiles in your household.
Note: Auto-play is not the default setting for Children’s profiles, but while the next episode will not automatically be threading, your kids will see an advertisement for what’s up next.
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