Research + News | Topic: Digital Technology

Turns Out, Activity Trackers Discourage Teenagers From Exercise

Wearable activity trackers such as FitBit could be doing more harm than good in encouraging young teenagers to exercise, a study suggests. Read the article here.

Teenage Tantrums As Kids Demand Mum And Dad Pick Up The Bill For Their Digital Lives

Despite two thirds of kids owning a smartphone (67% of those aged 8-15), fewer than one in 10 (9%) pay their own phone bill – according to findings from the latest Halifax Pocket Money Survey. Read the press release here.

Former iPod/iPhone Creator: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”

Tony Fadell, one of the minds behind the iPod and the iPhone, mulls design’s unintended consequences. Read the article here.

Forming Family Values In A Digital Age

Forces like technology are influencing habits in the home and disrupting traditional norms that have shaped young people for generations. But some things never change—like the parental responsibility for setting and communicating the values of their home and family.

Read this research from Barna and take a look at the book from Andy Crouch The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place here.

Resources For Parents Wanting to Break Kids’ Extreme Electronics Usage Habits

How excessive use of technology can impact brain function. Find a list of resources here.

6 Tech Habits Changing The American Home

Parents today believe it is harder than ever to raise children. The number-one reason? Technology.

Read this article and research update from Barna here.

What Is ‘Brain Hacking’? Tech Insiders On Why You Should Care

Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager. Read the article here.

How Teens And Smartphones Are Killing Teen-Fashion Retailers

In 2015, Forrester Research reported that, despite low incomes due to their youth, Generation Z consumers spent 8.75 percent of their total income online.

Read the article here.

Google Accounts For Kids: 5 Things To Know About Family Link

Google just lifted the ban on accounts for kids 12 and younger. And with it, a new tool called Family Link is available, which lets parents monitor and control the way their kids use their Android phones and tablets.

Read the article here.

Online Risks Are Everyday Events For Teens – But They Rarely Tell Their Parents

“According to one study, teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 spend almost 200 minutes a day (3 hours, 20 minutes) online on a mobile device. With that much time spent online, they’re bound to frequently encounter risks or unpleasant experiences, whether intentionally or not. But the more parents freak out about these incidents, the less likely their teens are to tell them about it next time.”

Read the rest of the article from Forbes here.