Reminder: Industry Insiders Don’t Give Their Products to Their Own Kids. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, etc.

By B.N. Frank

Most parents want what’s best for their kids.  Of course, it’s hard to know what that is when so many companies are marketing products and services without much if any regard for the health and wellbeing of children or anyone else.

When it comes to kids and technology – for many years Silicon Valley parents have been sending their kids to low-tech schools and restricting their use and exposure to devices.  We may never know if they have only been concerned about screen addiction or if they have also been concerned about adverse health effects from exposure to harmful Blue Light (see 1, 2, 3) and/or Electromagnetic Radiation (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).  There is still no “safe” level of wireless radiation that has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.

Of course, industry insiders don’t only make different choices for their families regarding technology.  Thanks to Popular Science for providing more details on what concerned parents may want to think twice about giving their kids:

Apple founder Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use the iPad, or really any product their dad invented, according to a 2014 report from Nick Bilton in The New York Times.

“They haven’t used it,” Jobs told Bilton. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.” Every night, the family had a phone-free dinner together, according to Walter Isaacson, author of the definitive biography Steve Jobs. “The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices,” Isaacson told Bilton.

Many found Jobs’s choices startling—and for good reason. What does it say about the safety of a product if its creator forbids his own kids from using it? But the tech billionaire’s choices weren’t as unusual as they might seem. From tobacco to food manufacturing to social media, executives and insiders are subtly sounding the alarm in actions, if not in words. Their behaviors provide insight not just into the risks of certain consumer products to children, but to adults, too.

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