Apple Instructed To Get Kids Off Technology
Apple shareholders are asking the technology innovator to come up with initiatives to ween kids off cell phones and tablets.
Two shareholders say, “the company should do more to help parents protect their kids from the risks of digital addiction and the side effects of social media.”
Yet, why do these shareholders believe it’s Apple’s job to fix this?
Apple created a popular product consumer’s want. A product which provides users with unlimited technological capabilities. Phones and tablets purchased for children, by adults, are used by kids to watch videos, play games, update social media statuses and posts, and text their friends.
How is Apple responsible for the number of unlimited hours a child is engaged with high-tech gadgets?
The only people with this type of power are parents and guardians.
If their parents are so lazy, not to monitor and minimize their child’s expose to screens, then the parent is to blame, not Apple.
McDonald’s Made Me Fat
We see the same thought process with America’s fast-food giant McDonald’s.
Pushing McDonald’s to display the number of calories for each food item. Demanding they offer healthier food choices.
In one case dating back to 2002, two teen girls in New York sued McDonald’s for their weight gain. Yet, they admit to eating at McDonald’s several times a week for years.
The lead attorney for the case claimed McDonald’s lured kids into their establishments with Happy Meals and toys. Stating, “… it’s hard to argue that a 6, or 8 or 10-year-old child has to take full responsibility for their decisions when they’re lured into McDonald’s by the toys and the playground and happy meals and the birthday parties.”
Lure? McDonald’s is not the neighborhood pedophile, luring children inside to carry out their own evil desires, leaving kids scarred for life. No one is lured. Enticed? Maybe. The fast-food chain, like any restaurant around the world, promotes gimmicks to draw customers. This is not a secret. If McDonald’s had promoted their food helps customers ‘lose weight’, then they would have a case.
The lawsuit was eventually dismissed. So, who are these girl’s guardians? Certainly not McDonald’s staff or their executives.
No one forced the girls to choose McDonald’s to eat. It was a choice they made. While their attorney also argued McDonald’s did not provide his teen clients with nutritional information (as if they would have read it), it was certainly no secret then or now McDonald’s is not in the business of healthy eating.
Cigarettes Lead To Cancer – Shocker
Is anyone unaware cigarettes cause health issues?
In addition to a raspy voice, yellow-tinted skin, wrinkles around the lips, and the atrocious breath many try covering up with gum (which does not work), cigarettes will eventually cause cancer.
Even with the Surgeon General’s warning plastered on each pack, people still love to speed up their heart rate, psychologically believing cigarettes help bring them a sense of calmness. Yet, the calmness comes because of the addiction which needs fed, not the stress they are dealing with.
Here is what we do know, there are no health benefits to smoking. We’ve known this for decades. Nothing in this section offers any new revelations.
While legal to do, it is a consumer’s choice to smoke them (Similar to parachuting from a plane, there is a chance your chute could malfunction. That is why you are told about the risks ahead of time and, likely, forced to sign a waiver).
Yet, in 2014, a woman sued the tobacco company for her husband’s death from lung cancer and awarded $23.6 billion. It is certainly a sad case. Yet the question remains, why did he not stop know the health risk factors. In 2014, it was common knowledge cigarettes caused cancer.
Should cigarettes be banned in the United States? Short answer, yes. They offer no health benefits, cause cancer, and linked to thousands of deaths each year.
Again, who is to blame for health issues related to smoking? ANSWER: The person who chose to start and continued to purchase cigarettes throughout their lifetime.
Now, the Government Needs to Fix
Today, the hot-button issue – gun-control.
Liberals demand Congress fix school shootings through the incorporation of stricter laws.
The Columbine massacre gave disgruntled students an idea how to get revenge in an epic way. Many teens who carry out these violent acts are on a suicide mission. Yet, instead of just killing themselves, and going down with the ship alone (due to excessive bullying and home issues), they want to take a few down with them?
The shooter, consumed by anger, cannot rationalize the pain others will suffer. They only smile, knowing they got their ultimate revenge.
While guns can be restricted, it will not solve shootings or acts of violence in schools.
The issues surrounding the Parkland, Florida shooting include:
• Lack of parental involvement
• Law enforcement lack of response
One of the student celebrities who found national fame following the Parkland shooting, Emma Gonzalez, admitted to the nation Cruz was bullied.
During her first speech on February 17, three days following the shooting Gonzalez said, “Since he (Cruz) was in middle school, it was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that ‘HE’ was the shooter. Those talking about how we should not have ostracized him, YOU DIDN’T KNOW THIS KID!” (It can be heard at 2:04 in the video).
Lack of Parental Involvement
Cruz had no father and his mother died in November 2017.
Mothers play a huge part in their child’s development. Yet, statistics do not lie, when fathers are not present, kids suffer.
Law Enforcement Mishaps
The FBI admitted their lack of response to threats made by Nicholas Cruz.
On February 14, 2018, poor choices were made which killed 17 innocent people.
Choices which included:
• Nicholas Cruz shooting innocent people
• The former resource officer’s decision not to enter the building
• The FBI’s choice not to follow up on social media threats
The NRA is not responsible for the poor choices made.
We need to stop believing the government and law enforcement have the power to protect us 100% of the time. Laws are in place to let criminals know the consequences if they should break them. While there are a number of illegal drugs sold on the street, those caught face consequences. The government nor law enforcement will be able to 100% stop drug dealing.
There is a reality many Democrats and liberal supporters prefer not to accept. They are:
1. School shootings will happen without or without stricter gun laws
2. If no one on a school campus is prepared with a weapon, the shooter will carry out a massacre. If teachers are not going to be armed, if there are no armed resource officers, then the shooter will carry out their plan to kill innocent lives.
With no resistance, no one shooting back, students and staff will be sitting ducks.
3. Each school needs to consider a resource officer or two with the necessary training and armed to handle a school shooter.
The recent shooting in Maryland demonstrated to the nation how arming a resource officer can stop or minimize casualties. First, the resource officer fired on the 17-year-old shooter, which shifted the shooter’s attention from killing students, instead toward the resource officer. After an exchange of rounds, the shooter was killed.
The resource officer likely saved a number of students who would have been shot and killed otherwise.
Teach Children How The World Works
The culture is trying to shift blame and responsibility to huge corporations and state and federal government.
Yet, the changes the culture needs are within their power.
Not demanding changes through protesting. Adults can handle what is within their power at home and in their communities.
Parents are responsible for their children. If they do not want their kids in front of screens, they – not Apple – need to take them away. If they do not want them to get obese and deal with health issues, they should not take them to McDonald’s two or three times a week and educate them on the dangers of cigarettes. And, the more involved parents are with their children, the more their kids will rely on them for support, looking to them for understanding versus taking it out on a world which they do not understand.