Mobile Operator Elisa Launched hoopy in Estonia
Added by Maiko Arras on August 31, 2018

Partnering with Finnish largest mobile operator Elisa is an important milestone that makes hoopy available for all Estonian parents and kids. Co-branded solution hoopy by Elisa was launched in Estonia on the 29th of August, 2018.

Elisa conducted a survey among parents in Estonia and 72 per cent answered that they have had the problem where the kid spends too much time with the smartphone. "After going further with the survey it came out that the problem is not only the time that kids spend with smartphones but also how kids...

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Psychologists Help Pulling Kids Away From Real Life?
Added by Maiko Arras on August 13, 2018 (article by Chavie Lieber published at vox.com)

The fact that psychologists help to build tech that decreases children's psychological well-being doesn't make sense but this is the exact world where we are living in.

As much as adults are now constantly inundated with technology — those constant Facebook notifications and that next episode on Netflix already cued up — children today are even more primed to become hooked on their devices. Kids have 10 times the amount of screen time they did in 2011, and spend an average of six hours and 40 minutes using technology, according to Common Sense Media.

Behind the screens of the games we play and digital communities we interact with are psychologists and other behavioral science experts...

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Why Are Kids So Obsessed With Technology?
Added by Maiko Arras on July 31, 2018 (article by Caroline Knorr from Common Sense Media)

The first step toward mindful screen time is understanding the tricks that technology companies use to keep you and your child hooked.

Son won't turn off his video game? Daughter obsessed with "likes" on Instagram? It may not be entirely their fault. Like the high-octane sugar in a pint of Ben & Jerry's and that irresistible chemical spice in Flamin' Hot Cheetos, the ingredients in social media, video games, apps, and other digital products are carefully engineered to keep you coming back for more. While researchers are still trying to discover whether kids (and parents) can be addicted to technology, some computer scientists are revealing their secrets for keeping us hooked...

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Screen Time Should Benefit Kids' Best Interests
Added by Maiko Arras on July 24, 2018

Smartphone has become an inseparable part of our life. We’re checking the screen more than 100 times per day, from the moment we wake up until we go back to sleep, and our minds are constantly connected to the virtual world.

Although smartphone makes our lives a lot easier, it has become clear that it decreases our general well-being - more stress, reduced sleep and lack of meaningful relationships are just a few outcomes on the surface.

When children get their first smartphone or tablet, they enter the same limitless digital world and face the same threats as anybody else...

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