Neuro-psychologist Dr Laura Phillips, from the US-based Child Mind Institute, has warned parents about the dangers of children interacting with Alexa, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph
Issuing loud or aggressive commands to Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant Alexa could be a bad influence on children, an expert has warned.
Parents should treat the assistant with respect, using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, said neuro-psychologist Dr Laura Phillips, from the US-based Child Mind Institute.
She told The Daily Telegraph machines require a different style of communication, but added: ‘It could be dangerous if we do not make sure that children are developing the social use of language.
‘There is a broader movement toward communicating through and with machines rather than people, which is a different style of communication.’
It is estimated that 22 per cent of UK households have a digital assistant.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation released guidelines suggesting children under three should not play games on tablets or sit alone watching TV.
Instead, they suggested children should replace television with ‘moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity’ in order to improve their health.
Parents should tell their children to talk to their Amazon Alexa using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ as a different communication style is involved when talking to machines which could be ‘dangerous’ and prevent children from developing ‘the social use of language’ (file iamge)
A survey found that families are relying on the virtual assistant to entertain their children – while some four and five-year-olds try to ‘swipe’ books as they are so addicted to mobile phones [File photo]
The report also told parents to limit screen time for children under five to no more than an hour a day.
And more worryingly, the UK-based consumer analysts Juniper Research has also predicted that there will be 8 billion digital voice assistants in use across the world by 2023.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation released guidelines suggesting children under three should not play games on tablets or sit alone watching TV (file image)