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Netflix may be trying to get kids addicted to binge-watching TV.

A new Netflix feature has been slammed by child safety experts who say the app “undermines” parents. The feature lets children collect “patches” by watching TV shows, raising concerns over binge-watching. According to some experts, the Netflix feature is actually training children to watch TV excessively. The “patches” are collectible images that you can only...
Time: 10:24     Date: 13.03.2018
World Tech News: Netflix may be trying to get kids addicted to binge-watching TV. NY Post 24 - US News

The feature lets children collect “patches” by watching TV shows, raising concerns over binge-watching.

According to some experts, the Netflix feature is actually training children to watch TV excessively.

The “patches” are collectible images that you can only access if you’ve watched an episode of “Fuller House,” “Trollhunter” or “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

You don’t get anything else from earning “patches” – each one is a reward in itself.

But although it sounds like harmless fun, the new feature has been condemned by US child advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

Executive Director Josh Golin told Gizmodo: “It’s designed to turn kids into lobbyists and undermine parents’ limits.”

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“It’s just incredible to me that as we’re having this national conversation about persuasive design of tech and how tech is often designed for the benefit of tech companies at the expense of users’ well-being, that Netflix would test something like this.”

Netflix has confirmed that it is indeed testing the feature and it might not roll out to all users.

“We are testing a new feature on select kids titles that introduces collectable items for a more interactive experience, adding an element of fun and providing kids something to talk about and share around the titles they love,” a Netflix spokesperson told Variety.

“We learn by testing and this feature may or may not become part of the Netflix experience.”

But Golin says that it would be very dangerous if Netflix did launch the feature to all users.

“Children like to collect things. So this will probably be incredibly effective at getting kids wanting to watch more and more Netflix.”

“[Netflix] is using techniques that children certainly can’t understand and they’re developmentally vulnerable to, to get them to engage in activity which is not good for them.”

“Honestly, if Netflix was to roll this out right now and make this a major part of their kids’ programming, parents should reconsider whether they have Netflix.”

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