Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t want his nephew on a social network

When it comes to the use of social media, Apple CEO Tim Cook is a concerned uncle.

“I don’t have a kid, but I have a nephew that I put some boundaries on. There are some things that I won’t allow; I don’t want them on a social network,” Cook said in a visit to Harlow college in England on Friday, according to The Guardian.

Cook’s remarks come as families worldwide worry about the harmful impacts that social media and smartphones may have on their children’s mental health.

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Apple shareholders this month also urged the tech firm to study the effects that its popular smartphones and mobile devices could be having on children.

Other tech executives have raised the alarm about the dark sides of technology, including its role in the spread of misinformation.

At the same time, children are being exposed to technology at a younger age and companies are creating new products that target them. Google-owned YouTube has a kid version of its video app and Facebook recently created a messaging app for kids.

But even Facebook, which is changing its News Feed, admits that social media can be bad for you — if you’re just consuming information but not interacting with your family and friends.

Cook isn’t the only tech executive to limit the use of technology within his family. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates reportedly didn’t let his kids use a smartphone until they turned 14 years old.

The most common age a kid got a cell phone was 10 years old, according to a survey released by Nielsen in 2017.

Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook watches as members of the media check out the new MacBook Pro at a press event held at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino in Oct. 27, 2016. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

 

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