Voice activated devices, privacy and youth


A new study finds 93 percent of parents who use voice-activated devices say it is important to know when their family’s voices are being recorded and want to control the information that's collected about them.

Wynn’s Family Psychology owner, author and child psychologist Dr. Kristen Wynns said these devices enable children and teens for instant gratification culture.

"Ensure that children and teens aren't excessively using these devices and furthering that mentality of just wanting everything now," said Wynns.

The survey also found parents don't think their child’s interactions with a smart speaker have much of an effect on their kid’s communications skills...and no effect on their child’s screen-time usage.

Wynns said adults should have an awareness because children don't have full formed brains, yet or make good decisions, much less think through consequences of actions.

"Having commands or asking questions of these devices that may not be appropriate and then having concerns of where that information might be disseminated," said Wynns.

She added that voice activated devices should be kept in public areas of the home, not in bedrooms.

The High Tech Texan Michael Garfield explained these devices aren't recording 24/7, only when you wake it up.

"It's in its infancy right now, so you probably think it's listening all the time," said Garfield.

A record is then kept of you questions and commands to serve you better.

You can visit settings on Amazon’s website to review your Alexa voice history, and listen to and delete any stored recordings.

Go to myactivity.google.com to similarly purge Google Home recordings.

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