Shareholders urge Apple to address child smartphone addiction concerns

Two major Apple investors have urged Apple to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.

Among their proposals to Apple: establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple’s “vast information resources” to researchers; and enhance mobile device software so that parents have more options to protect their children’s health.

The letter cited various studies on the negative effects of smartphones and social media on children’s mental and physical health.

Examples include distractions by digital technologies in the classroom, a decreased ability of students to focus on educational tasks, and higher risks of suicide and depression.

Read the ABC news article here