Truth About Tech

Remember the "Truth" anti-tobacco ads from the 1900s? Well, Common Sense and the Center for Humane Technology designed a new national campaign to expose the harmful impact social media has on children. And they believe it to be as impactful as the cigarette one, which was credited to reduce smoking among teenagers.

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Here are few statistics from the Truth About Tech:

  • 98% of American children under 8 years old have access to mobile device at home.
  • Up to 40% of children have been involved in cyberbullying.
  • 48% of teenagers spend 5+ hours a day on internet.
  • A study of 2-year-olds found that BMI increases for every hour per week of media consumed.
  • 67% of Americans say they get news from social media.

What's being done:

  • Both nonprofits are working with the tech giants to prevent, avoid, and discourage digital distraction.
  • Government is getting involved by advocating smart policies like requirements for Facebook and Google to disclose more information about political advertising and mandatory labeling of bots posing as humans.
  • Free tools, tips, and advice to help consumers take control of their digital lives.

To learn more check out Common Sense.