February 1, 2018
Most children today have a smart assistant, such as Alexa and Siri, to help answer questions.
But these smart assistants are causing young people today to forget their manners when talking to other people.
That’s according to Childwise, a leading specialist in research with children and young people, that found children are now forgetting to say please and thank you because voice controlled digital assistants will tolerate rude questions.
One solution could be to add a setting that requires a polite inquiry in order to get a response.
The dividing line between digital ‘person’ and a real human being might not be clear for children, the report warns.
Children can issue anonymous, curt orders such as ‘set an alarm for 7am’ and a digital assistant will respond without complaint, unlike a more easily offended human.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 8:31 am