Sorry, parents, Apple can't keep kids from getting addicted to phones: experts

Tech experts say parents shouldn't count on Apple making its phones and tablets less addictive for kids.

While two of the tech giant's biggest shareholders are pushing for new features to help limit damaging screen time for children, experts say there is no easy fix and the responsibility will remain with parents to do what's best for their kids.

Apple has quickly responded by saying it already has a number of parental controls built into its iPhones and iPads and ``new features and enhancements (are) planned for the future.''

MediaSmarts director of education Matthew Johnson says there's still no consensus on whether kids can be truly addicted to screens, but there's no question that ``excessive use'' of phones and tablets can affect physical and mental health.

He'd like to see Apple implement a tool that would set a ``usage curfew'' to limit a device's capabilities in the evening when a child should be getting ready for bed.

Johnson says controls should be more than a simple on-off switch so parents can adjust access as they see fit. But he cautions that consumers can't rely on technology companies to make devices that are risk-free and don't require good parenting.