Screen time is affecting children's sleeping behavior, public health institute RIVM concluded in its first ever study into the effect of smartphones, tablets and televisions on the sleep of kids between the ages of 8 and 18. Because of screen use, children postpone their sleep and go to sleep later. Teenagers sleep an average of 40 minutes less. Teenagers also wake up more often at night and have more difficulty staying awake during the day, RTL Nieuws reports.
Tablet and smartphone use can lead to nearsightedness among children, according to a study by Erasmus MC. The researchers monitored 1,000 Rotterdam children for years. At age 13 a quarter of them were near sighted, compared to 2.5 percent at age 6, RTL Nieuws reports.
Eyesight problems therefore increased over the years. Smartphones and tablets may be behind it, the researchers believe. The researchers assume that similar figures apply to children in the rest of the Netherlands. Looking at nearby objects for prolonged periods is bad for the eyes.
Over a third, 37 percent, of Dutch parents find it convenient to keep their children occupied by putting them behind the television, a tablet or smartphone. Tough four in ten feel guilty about doing so, according to the annual trend report on media use by children aged 0 to 6 years by Mediawijzer, NU.nl reports.
Homes in the Netherlands have an average of five devices that can access the internet via a WiFi connection.
Nearly half of the 1.2 million over 75 year olds in the Netherlands do not have an internet connection.
A court in Haarlem sentenced Remy D. to 32 months in prison, of which a year is conditional, for internet fraud and money laundering through Marktplaats.nl, Parool reports. Prosecutors were pushing for a five-year sentence, but the court sees more benefit in also treating D. through a mandatory rehabilitation program.
Marketingfacts.nl conducted a marketing stunt on Thursday in which users without Android devices only saw a grim message "you can not use this service because you do not have the right gear." The stunt was at first thought to be a new, legitimate policy of the company, before it was revealed as a marketing trick.
A burglar in Breda gave elementary school students an unpleasant start to the new year by stealing 52 tablet computers designed for the school's e-learning programme. The theft took place early Friday morning at De Tweesprong school on Kapelstraat in Breda, Noord-Brabant, police said in a statement.
Hema starts selling its own smartphones and tablets from Monday. The retailer is the first Dutch store that offers a smartphone and tablet under its own brand.
According to Statistics Netherlands, one in three of all internet users aged 12 and older use cloud computing.
Police in Thailand are searching for a Dutchman suspected of killing his Thai wife
According to Telecompaper's Dutch Tablet Users Q2 2014 report, around 4.2 million Dutch households are now using tablets. 56 percent of households had at least one tablet in their homes in the second quarter of 2014, Telecompaper reports.
Belgian researchers are working on a concept for a flexible smartphone/tablet that leverages engineering principles of the Rubik’s Magic Puzzle.
In the Netherlands, nearly all households have an internet connection and almost half have a tablet computer, national statistics office CBS said.
One in three baby’s regularly plays with a tablet computer. My Child Online, Mijn Kind Online, concluded this from data collected from a thousand parents.