Technology impact on kids

I’ve been doing shopping on digitec and the last few days was confronted with this image each time (which I have blurred), which accompanied an article on use of AI to turn photos into nudes:

Then today, I also read this article about school kids taking photos of classmates and turning them into nudes with AI:

I’m just wondering, on top of the usual battles with screen time, what other issues we will have to deal with concerning kids and technology over the next few years.

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Yep, it’s been happening for months now around the world.

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Jonathan Haidt has written some very good books relating to this topic. I can recommend him.

The Coddling of the American Mind


I listened to a long form podcast with him a couple of weeks ago and found his insights fascinating. As parents its a never ending struggle to shield your kids from the worst aspects of social media, adult content, misinformation etc…

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I notice that my grandaughter spells out A.L.E.X.A. when they are talking about the device.
I see the problem that the older generation did not grow up with this technology can´t be the role model they should be for the generation that is growing up with AI and the devices. So in one way I pity them for having to find out all by themselves and at the same time feel apprehension over the "brave new world " they are going to be growing up in.

Interesting article.

What needs to happen I suspect is that girls hit back by doing exactly the same thing to their male classmates, then they’d get an idea of how it feels and might actually make them realise how awful it is.


Two solutions in your article from CNN:

  • broad public education;

would hopefully cause people to think twice about engaging with nude deepfakes at all through things like clicks, likes and shares. As I explain in my book, when we see someone share something inappropriate, it’s important to resist the temptation to clap back by commenting on their post, since comments send a signal to social networks that people like and want to see more similar content.

  • Congress needs to pass this legislation now.

Lawmakers must also step in. In January, a bipartisan group of members of Congress introduced the Disrupt Explicit Forged Images and Non-Consensual Edits Act of 2024, known as the DEFIANCE Act, which would allow victims to sue people who create deepfakes of them if the perpetrator knows or recklessly disregards the fact that the victim doesn’t consent to them. The bill is an imperfect solution because it’s often hard to identify perpetrators — especially if law enforcement doesn’t take the incident seriously and investigate. But it could still act as a powerful deterrent.

…but that requires that law enforcement will take the incidents seriously and investigate.
My feelings is that many teen girls don’t want to talk about these issues with adults with authority - parents, educators etc. because of shame, bullying and trauma. Hence we need to go back to serious public education.

I am not so sure about it, especially if they’re not sure about who the perpetrators are and it can only create more damage…

An eye for an eye….

That is a rabbit hole you don’t want to send your kids down (IMHO)