have taken over as the main consumer electronics device that everyone
uses. And this is true of children, too. Recent research has found that
some 63% of American kids spend more than two hours a day on
“recreational” smartphone screen time.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limits on screen-based media for children 6 and older. The reasons are clear. Besides unhealthy eye strain, “screens” represent a gateway to games and social sites that can be addicting.
Smartphones distract from healthier pursuits, like learning, going outside, socializing with friends and reading books.
This is especially harmful in social situations, where children learn to focus on their phones instead of on the people
around them. Also, developing the habit of interacting via the
messaging app style of abbreviated speech, jargon, acronyms and emoji
can contribute to an inability to confidently speak or write in clear,
Smartphones can also disrupt sleep. The consensus among health experts and child development experts is that, in general, less smartphone screen time is better than more.
The consensus among health experts and child development experts is that, in general, less smartphone screen time is better than more.
kids still want or need to look up information, get help with homework,
contact their parents and do other tasks that smartphones can do.
That’s one of the reasons we created Chatterbox, which is (among other things) a smartphone replacement for some or all of the time.
We created Chatterbox to be a smartphone replacement for some or all of the time.
kids build their Chatterbox, they can teach it to answer questions,
tell jokes, look up the time and weather, message mom and dad, turn on
the lights, set alarms and timers — or do all kinds of tasks.
Interacting with Chatterbox takes place without screens — and without the addictive or distracting qualities of screens, games and social media.
Chatterbox to understand and respond encourages kids to learn how to
communicate using complete, logical and clear sentences. And Chatterbox
can be used socially where several friends or classmates can all use a
single Chatterbox together, unlike smartphones, which encourage a single
user to mentally block out other nearby people.
solution to the many problems created for kids by technologies like
smartphones isn’t to completely abstain from technology. The solution is
to teach kids to use the right kind of technology as creators and
makers, instead of mere “consumers.” The right technology for kids is
healthy technology, free of the addictive and harmful effects of