David Gelles, reporting for The New York Times:
Now, two of the biggest investors on Wall Street have asked
Apple to study the health effects of its products and to make it
easier for parents to limit their children’s use of iPhones and
Jana, an activist hedge fund, wrote its letter with Calstrs, the
California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which manages the
pensions of California’s public-school teachers. When such
investors pressure companies to change their behavior, it is
typically with the goal of lifting a sagging stock price. In this
case, Jana and Calstrs said they were trying to raise awareness
about an issue they cared deeply about, adding that if Apple was
proactive about making changes, it could help the business.
This open letter is getting a lot of attention, but to me, the way to limit your kids’ access to devices is simply, well, to limit their access to devices. I’m sure iOS’s parental controls could be improved (and in a statement, Apple claims they have plans to do so), but more granular parental controls in iOS are no substitute for being a good, involved parent.
See also: the open letter from Jana and Calstrs.
★ Tuesday, 9 January 2018