Someone should find out how many parents there are at Apple, Amazon, and other tablet makers. But maybe it doesn’t matter – no matter how many there are, they’re just not thinking like parents in designing and marketing iPads, Kindles, and other tablet devices. They need to stop compartmentalizing their lives so much and put on their parent hats at work! Because tablets are every bit as much family devices as personal ones. As parent, blogger, and search engine expert Danny Sullivan writes in “Why do Amazon and Apple hate families?”, “My wife desperately wishes she didn’t have all our kids’ apps cluttering her [iTunes] account [for iPads as well as iPhones, of course]. A friend of hers was recently telling me the exact same wish, how she didn’t want all these apps on her phone. How can they transfer them to their kids? They can’t…. Then there’s the Kindle,” Sullivan further writes. He’s owned one for less than a year, has grown to love it, but Amazon only lets family members and friends do what comes very naturally with books – share them – with a small percentage of the books it sells for the Kindle. That’s absurd, when people are spending almost as much for the Kindle versions as they are for the kind with paper and printing costs but without the same built-in sharing privileges. Sullivan calls for kids’ iTunes accounts (separate apps, same billing) or family accounts (how about like what the mobile carriers provide) with separate sign-ins and family and friend lending. That may sound daunting, authentication-wise, but account holder could provide authentication without sharing his/her password (we certainly don’t want to encourage password-sharing; see this).] Who wants to start a digital petition?!
Hey, companies, tablets are family devices too!
Safer Internet Day 2105
- Annie Fox: A Bully? My Kid? Impossible!
- LTE Broadcast technology could change mobile video experience
- YouTube Kids can be a parent’s best friend
- A YouTube for the littlest video viewers
- Teachers: Create your own online courses with Versal
- Warren Blumenfeld: We are “carefully taught” to hate
- A conversation with Esther Wojcicki on ‘Moonshots in Education’
- Banning Yik Yak from colleges is counterproductive
- ‘Tread carefully’ before regulating Internet of Things
- From public shaming to public compassion
- Hani Kahn: Muslims using social media to ‘spark a social movement’
- ‘Revenge porn’ is about betrayal, not pornography
- Congresswoman Anna Eshoo on U.S Safer Internet Day 2015
- Safer Internet Day With Sheryl Sandberg, Kamala D. Harris and the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr
- Youth participation’s growing momentum