Is FTC Complaint Against Baby Apps Warranted?

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Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Warren Buckleitner, editor of Children's Technology Review, discusses the filing of an FTC complaint against makers of educational baby apps with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." (Source: Bloomberg)

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Warrant, what do you think of this complaint?

Is this warranted?

I am not a lawyer.

I'm an educator.

I thought it was stretching things.

I would not be too concerned about it.

Either as a parent or as a researcher.

What research is out there that shows that apps for babies and very young children actually helps?

This is the tricky question, because this device can be so many different things.

It can be a piano, a camera, a reporter, a search engine.

It is really tricky.

You cannot just say that one type of screen causes one type of thing.

That is why there is very little research that is conclusive.

What do you say to parents.

My son is 11 months old.

I'm wondering when i should start giving him some screen time.

I worry there is no real evidence about how this impacts children long term.

What should parents do?

I like the acronym abs, access, balance, and support.

I brought one with me with the kind of apps that you just touch.

It is a keyboard.

What is the name of that app?

It is called musical hands, and it is probably three or 99¢. there is no menu.

Everything i do causes something.

It is very causal.

I can touch it and explore, and that is it.

It is hard to go wrong with this kind of experience, and it is hard to criticize it, other than the fact that it is a $500 rattle.

The american pediatrics academy says no screen time under the age of two.

Would you agree?

That is a narrow way to look at it.

There is the thing i discharge you.

If you watch kids, and i would encourage all of us to -- that is the thing.

There is the thing i just showed you.

If you watch kids, and i would encourage all of us to do so, you will start to relax.

An 11-month old, if they don't

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