Teenagers So Addicted To Cellphones They’re Going To Detox Centers

South Korean teenagers are checking themselves in to a cellphone detox center to curb their smartphone addiction. A survey conducted by South Korea’s National Information Society Agency on 4886 adolescents found that 34% of them ...

Screen time ‘may harm toddlers’

Letting a toddler spend lots of time using screens may delay their development of skills such as language and sociability, according to a large Canadian study. The research, which tracked nearly 2,500 two-year-olds, is the latest piece ...

Controlling Children’s Behavior with Screen Time Leads to More Screen Time

Giving your child extra time on the iPad for good behaviour may not be the best idea according to a new University of Guelph study. Researchers found children, whose parents dole out screen time as a reward or revoke it as punishment, ...

Mental health: UK could ban social media over suicide images, minister warns

Social media firms could be banned if they fail to remove harmful content, the health secretary has warned. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Matt Hancock said: “If we think they need to do things they are refusing to ...

More screen time for toddlers is tied to poorer development a few years later, study says

Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, ...

Trade my life for your phone: Chinese boy scores full marks for moving essay on phone addict dad

A nine-year-old boy in central China tugged at the heartstrings of many when his cry for attention from his phone addict father in a school essay went viral on social media last week. The essay was posted on Jan 17 on China’s ...

Singapore releases framework on how AI can be ethically used

Singapore has released a framework on how artificial intelligence (AI) can be ethically and responsibly used, which businesses in the Republic and elsewhere can adopt as they grapple with issues that have emerged with new technology. ...

Essilor forms task force to combat rise of myopia

Essilor looks to establish a recommended protocol for treating and managing myopia by partnering with 14 ODs on a task force. The company announced its Myopia Initiative in Action (MIA) at its national sales meeting in early January. ...

Pediatricians want parents to stop giving toddlers digital toys

All those interactive digital toys and mobile apps designed for little kids are exactly the type of gifts parents should take off their holiday shopping lists, US pediatricians say. That’s because just like parking kids in ...

Japan thinks smartphones are destroying students’ eyesight

The eyesight of Japan’s students is deteriorating and the country’s government thinks smartphones are to blame. A recent survey conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology found ...