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09/01/2018 11:05

Apple urged to tackle children's addiction to iPhones

Apple urged to tackle children's addiction to iPhones


Parents should be able to input the user's age into phones, limit screen time and restrict use to certain hours, the firm is told.

Apple is being urged to do more to protect children from getting addicted to digital technologies

Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concerns about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.

New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, which collectively control $2bn (£1.47bn) worth of Apple shares, said the US firm must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.

At present, parents can block or limit specific apps and features on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

In an open letter to Apple on Monday, the investors suggested the company goes a step further and allow users' ages to be inputted into phones, screen time to be limited, as well as a restriction on use to certain hours.