Big investors have called on Apple to develop software that limits how long children can use its smartphones. The call came from two investment groups that hold $2bn (£1.48bn) of Apple stock between them. A letter calling for the digital locks, signed by Jana Partners and a California teachers’ pension fund, was sent to the iPhone maker this weekend. The call for better controls was welcomed by academics studying youngsters’ use of technology. Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) called on Apple to consider the impact excessive use of smartphones had on the mental health of young people. In their letter, the two pointed to numerous studies which suggest excessive phone use can disrupt lessons, harm students’ ability to concentrate on school work and deprive them of sleep. Apple investors urge action on ‘smartphone addiction’

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