Dr. Marc Siegel on the dangers of child smartphone addiction


STATEMENT. WE HAVE SINCE REMOVED THE TWEET. SO AN UPDATE TO THAT STORY. WE’LL KEEP WATCHING.>>Bill: MEANTIME INVESTORS CALLING ON APPLE TO HELP FIGHT MEDICINE AND FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THIS. WHY DON’T YOU START WITH USAGE IN YOUNG AMERICANS?>>LET’S FOCUS ON TEENS. 92% OF ALL TEENS ARE USING A CONTROL SAYS THE SUICIDE RATE AMONG TEENS FROM 2010 TO 2015 IS UP 31%, WITH 60% INCREASE AMONG YOUNG TEEN GIRLS. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE AT THE SAME TIME THAT THIS IS OCCURRING, FLORIDA YOU HEARD THAT WORD RIGHT, SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR IS 50%. HERE IS WHY. KIDS ARE ISOLATED FROM EACH THEY WEREN’T. OR THEY ARE PLAYING VIDEOS GAMES ALL DAY LONG OR SEARCHING THE INTERNET. SOCIAL ISOLATION IS OCCURRING. IT LEADS TO LONELINESS AND IT LEADS TO DESPAIR. THIS IS A HUGE PROBLEM AND FRANCE IS COMING ALONG AND SAYING WE’LL BAN SMARTPHONE USAGE FROM MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND LOWER SCHOOLS. WHAT ARE WE DOING IN THE UNITED STATES?>>Bill: WHAT HAS APPLE SAID ABOUT THIS.>>THEY RECEIVED A LETTER FROM $2 BILLION OF SHAREHOLDERS, ONE IS A TEACHER’S ASSOCIATION SAYING WE BETTER HAVE MORE PARENTAL CONTROLS. ALL APPLE HAS IS A CONTROL YOU CAN’T BUY SOMETHING OVER THERE IN THE APPLE STORE WITHOUT A PARENT APPROVING. WE NEED CONTROLS SAYING WHERE YOU ARE GOING ON THIS iPhone. I DO BELIEVE THAT PARENTS SHOULD HAVE SOME WAY OF CONTROLLING HOW MUCH A CHILD IS USING THIS THING. THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE TO GO IN THE UNITED STATES.>>Bill: WE’LL SEE WHAT APPLE SAYS ABOUT THAT. YOU RAISE VERY INTERESTING POINTS. FLORIDA AND ALSO THE –>>IN SCHOOLS, I WANT SCHOOLS TO SAY HERE IS AN iPad. USE IT FOR SCHOOL USE ONLY.>>Bill: I AGREE WITH THAT.

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