California State Teachers’ Retirement System and New York-based Jana Partners have warned that the increasing use of smartphones and internet by children have long-term implications for their health. The investors control USD 2 billion worth of Apple shares, have appealed to the multinational technology giant to take action in order to offer more tools and choices for families to protect their children from the harm can be caused due to smartphones.
“There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset, and no company can outsource that responsibility to an app designer, or more accurately to hundreds of app designers.”
The investors are urging the company to create an expert committee: child development specialists. The investors also propose in the letter that Apple have to enhance IOS and apps to make parents and guardians more resources in order to make them protect their children’s wellbeing.
The stakeholders added that as one of the most innovative companies in the history of technology, Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do.”
A study conducted by the opinion research firm “Averty” in partnership with “Kaspersky Lab in 2016 revealed that 88 percent of Moroccan children use internet on a regular basis. What do you think – are you addicted to your smartphone? Do you know a child who is? Does it affect your or their behavior?