05 Feb New Movement to Prevent Kids’ Tech Addiction
Tech has kids hooked. This is bad for their mental, intellectual and physical health. What can be done about this?
Common Sense Media and Center for Humane Technology have formed a partnership to tell the Truth About Tech and to promote better use of technology. They feel technology is hijacking our entire society – eroding our mental health and social relationships.
Children in particular are vulnerable to the influence of social media. They view their peers’ curated posts and compare themselves to the idealized images. They begin to believe their self worth is based on social media posts and the number of likes they receive. Teenagers use social media for an average of 9 hours a day; tweens use it for an average of 6 hours. It’s a depressing and addictive cycle.
Truth About Tech will stream their conference on How Tech Has Kids Hooked on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018. The event will take place in Washington D.C. It’s purpose is to highlight the ways Tech addicts and distracts children. The partnership’s goal is to create Standards of Ethics for designing Tech products which will push the Tech Industry to be socially responsible. They will detail how the Tech industry creates addictive products, list the harmful results of addiction, provide solutions and ways to move forward.
You can see a livestream of the conference by registering here. If you miss the livestream, you can learn more by going to the websites shown above for each organization.