In an increasing number of households "Hey Alexa" or "Hey Google" is becoming as common a refrain as "Moooom!" The adoption of smart speakers has grown exponentially with Nielsen reporting in late 2018 that now nearly a quarter of U.S. households have one. Like many new technologies, increased use of smart speakers has led to concerns about their effects on the brain and behavior, especially in kids. We discuss the latest research on and best practices for voice command devices and we want to hear from you: If you have a smart speaker, how do your kids use it? What, if anything, has given you pause about having a smart speaker in your home?
Resources Mentioned on Air:
- What Parents Need to Know Before Buying Google Home or Amazon Echo (Common Sense Media)
- 19 Great Alexa Skills for Kids and Teens (Common Sense Media)