Rudeness to devices not acceptable: parents

Children must be accountable for their behaviour even if talking to their phone’s digital assistant

Mohammad Omar Zameer, 42, legal consultant, UK

“I’ve seen this pattern repeat itself. Some children take out their anger on Siri or derive pleasure from mocking Siri. If this behaviour is not curtailed, then a pattern builds if children are not held accountable. At a young age, a child should not be thinking about such offensive things, let alone acting it out, even if it’s with a machine. You can’t let them think they have free pass to play with others’ emotions.”

Khadija Mohsin, Emirati mother, Dubai

“There should be a clear distinction between “fun” and “rude” behaviour. As we see more and more interaction with Artificial Intelligence and robots in our lives, it’s important to reemphasise that rude is rude, not matter who – or what – you are addressing. We have to ensure what comes out of our mouth is appropriate and respectful, no matter who it’s directed towards. That says a lot about who you are as a person.”


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