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The Internet of Toys
Connected devices are aimed at younger and younger audiences, with booties that monitor a baby's breathing and Fitbit-like smartwatches that track the physical fitness and geolocation of toddlers. The
Innovative toy and device makers often seem less focused on privacy and security than on developing the newest hit gadget. And claims about the educational value of toys, which can be very difficult for parents and caregivers to understand in general, are particularly difficult to assess with connected devices promising the benefits of the latest technology.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is currently studying the benefits and challenges of IoT. Common Sense Kids Action filed comments with them this week, highlighting the need for government policymakers and others to further research the privacy, security, and broader policy concerns IoT raises for kids and families and to develop comprehensive guidelines in this space. To read our comments, click here.