PTC: Kudos to Apple

Monday, January 22, 2018
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Apple iPhone (back view)A non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment applauds Apple's recent decision to provide additional safeguards for children on its mobile devices.

The technology giant made the decision following a call from activist shareholders for the company to find ways to limit or restrict children's access to mobile phones, in part because of concerns regarding the effects of phone usage on children's mental health.

Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council (PTC), applauds Apple's announcement, as scientific studies show loss of sleep as well as increases in depression and obesity can be linked to high mobile phone usage.

Winter

"Even school teachers are noticing that when its recess time, instead of children wanting to play, they're sitting at their desks indoors catching up on their social media," Winter relays. "You add to that things like cyber-bullying and sexting -- the pressures young girls are facing today to send naked pictures of themselves to boys; it all adds up to a huge problem in terms of the wellbeing of our children."

Winter is pleased that Apple responded positively to shareholders' requests for better controls and easier-to-use tools for parents.

"This is a big deal," the PTC president asserts. "It's an important deal, and we hope that some of these other hardware and software and digital and media companies follow Apple's lead and also provide more tools for parents."

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