Apple, It’s Time! We Need Better Parental Controls.
Raising children in this Digital Age is incredibly challenging for parents. 78% of teens now have iPhones, and 48% of parents say that regulating their child’s screen time is a “constant battle” (as reported by the American Psychological Association).
We strongly believe that Apple should be doing more to support parents and protect children. We have spent 100+ hours delving deep into Apple’s existing parental controls to fully understand the issues, and estimate that it would take 119 steps for the first device and 71 steps for every additional device thereafter.
Apple’s shareholders, Jana Partners and CALSTRS, have called for more accountability, and we completely agree that Apple needs to substantially overhaul its parental controls. It’s time to make our voices heard and let Apple know how strongly we feel. Please join us in Being the Change We Want To See, and take our poll above:
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Dear Silicon Valley: What About Us? We Need Better Parental Controls
Really, truly, I can’t take it anymore. I went to another parent’s tech night at my daughters’ school and listened to a most impassioned speaker, Polly Ely of the Lab Method, expound on the impact that devices are having on families. As a marriage and family therapist, she had many poignant and heartbreaking examples to share: Kids stumbling upon pornography, parents feeling anxious, and the incessant pull of these devices on the parent-child bond. I know about these stories; I have lived them. Read More…
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