How to set screen time limits for your children on iPhones, Android, computers, Instagram and YouTube

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Parents and experts are increasingly concerned about the damage being done to children by spending too much time looking at screens. The latest warning comes from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, which suggested that excessive use of screens could bring a whole host of negative outcomes for young people. That includes everything from bad sleep to the potential for cyber bullying, though the organisation warned that the damage might be overestimated. Helpfully, the technology industry is increasingly aware of the same problems and is trying to solve them using products. As concern has grown about the damage their products do, developers have added features that stop other features being used – monitoring how long people spend on their phones, and kicking them off when it gets too much.

Cyber ransoming: A growing parasitical business for UK hackers

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Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting UK workers files and data, and the Metropolitan Police have warned that "no one is safe". The FBI, Metropolitan Police, and security experts all agree that cyber ransoming has fast become one of UK's biggest economic crimes. Unpredictable, unstoppable and potentially fatal to a business, the rapid emergence of ransomware has become a threat to people across the nation. August Graham, the editor of the Sentinel, arrived at work one morning last summer to find a note pop up on one of the computer screens. It informed him that all the files on the firm's server had been encrypted and were being held ransom.

12 questions that CES 2018 needs to answer


Year to year, CES has a certain sameness about it: Intel's booth at the front, Sony's in the back and thousands of ginormous TVs in between. The topics and trends feel like the same things we've been talking about forever: Internet of things, smart home, autonomous vehicles, wireless everything. Is this really any different from last year?

Pinterest offers cure to anti-vax propaganda

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Pinterest has updated its search policy in an effort to stifle the spread of disinformation campaigns from the controversial anti vax movement. The move follows a spike in vaccine-preventable diseases around the world, fueled by anti-vaccine propaganda promoting that has plagued social media platforms in recent years. Refusal to immunise children on the part of so-called anti-vaxxers comes from the misguided belief in scientifically disproven claims that vaccinations are harmful and can cause autism. Pinterest's update means users can still post vaccine-related content to their pages but searches related to vaccinations will no longer return results. "If a search returns largely polluted results that violate our policies, we will stop serving the query, either temporarily," a spokesperson for Pinterest said.

If this is the future utopia Elon Musk wants, be very afraid


Neural lace: it sounds like something a cyborg might wear to a wedding, but it's also yet another future technology Elon Musk has added to his eccentric potential inventions list. Just one problem with that: the fictional sci-fi series that coined "neural lace" doesn't suggest we'll have a fine time with such brain implants -- and it also represents exactly the kind of future that Musk himself has said he's trying to avoid. SEE ALSO: What we know about Elon Musk's plan to go full super villain and play with your brain The Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City founder has already inspired testing of the high-speed Hyperloop and quietly put thousands of potentially self-driving cars in users' hands. His brain, though unenhanced, never quits. If he isn't rhapsodizing about terraforming Mars, or sending tourists to the moon, or promising to fix a state's energy crisis, or wondering whether we might all be living in a computer simulation, he's fretting about how artificial intelligence might become self-aware and powerful enough in the next decade to make human beings obsolete.