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CTR November 2018
Vol. 26 No. 11 Issue 225

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Rookie Mistakes When Writing about Children and Tech; AR; Research; and Vote for the Children
“Technologists know how phones really work, and many have decided they don’t want their own children anywhere near them.” Nellie Bowles, Oct. 26, 2017

NYTIMES SCARES PARENTS --
ON HALLOWEEN!
The glowing screen in a dark room -- the signature of the anti-screen articles showed up in full force last week. “Yikes” I wrote to my NYTimes contact in protest. “Don’t scare parents without offering solutions.” She said “write some up.”  So I did. https://nyti.ms/2qw1shv. My long form reaction is on page 3.

RESEARCHERS ARE CATCHING ON — CHILDREN’S APPS ARE LOADED WITH TRICKERY
One reason parents are afraid of their phones might be because Google and Apple promote manipulative apps. In “Advertising in Young Children’s Apps: A Content Analysis” http://bit.ly/2QeN34b nearly 100 of the most downloaded free and paid apps in the children’s category in Google Play contained commercial characters, pop-up ads, unlock play items, or hidden symbols such as the $ camouflaged as gameplay items. Download the PDF --> http://bitly.com/2qo3bFi

LITTLECLICKERS: AR
You’ve heard about AR (Augmented Reality). What is it, and how does it work?  Imagine being able to look inside your chest to see your heart beating or flapping your arms to fly between New York City skyscrapers. Let’s learn more about AR, online at  http://www.littleclickers.com/ar or on page 3.

AND FINALLY -- VOTE FOR CHILDREN THIS ELECTION
Were it not for the HIAS -- the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society attacked last week in Pittsburgh -- there might be no Google. Almost 39 years ago to the day before the horrific Pittsburgh synagogue shooting -- Sergey Brin, a 6-year-old Soviet boy facing an uncertain future, arrived in the United States with the help of the society. A reminder that offering a helping hand, and giving an opportunity to an immigrant child can pay off for us all. If you don't believe me, just "Google it." https://nyti.ms/2eQUYnf


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