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AI and Parenting: How Digital Childcare Is Becoming A Thing

  • • Are there AI digital assistants to help parents?
  • • Most famous AI apps and how they help

Of course, all parents want their children is the best. This is the very apparent goal, but figuring out how to do it part is challenging. Parents want their kids to be a lot of things like happy, sociable, smart, responsible, etc. But this is a lot to do considering the fact that they have to balance it out based on resources they can put on the child development, how much quality time they can make, meeting socio-economic needs, etc. More and more people are turning to artificial intelligent assistants for help, so could there be an AI digital assistant for parents raising their children?

There are options that are improving every day, also many upcoming other ones. For example, there is Muse, a mobile app powered by AI. This app is great in helping parents develop some of the traits that predict better life outcomes like persistence, emotional intelligence, and self-control. Muse is also providing support to parents for their children to be more resilient humans. There’s actually a massive focus on the field called artificial empathy, but still, it is not a substitute for real human connection. Even with the success of other AI empathic solutions like rAInbow or Cryano.ai, people still need a connection with other people. Being aware of this, Muse focuses its efforts on helping parents by focusing on a different question each day. These questions are designed to help develop different traits, but it is always the parents the ones to determine the best way to answer them. For example, one of the questions might be: has your child eaten a serving of a new food today? The ones deciding which is the best new food to try, are of course the parents. Thus, it is important to understand that what Muse does is not providing directions or decisions, they’re rather trying to help parents understand what things to focus on.

Another mobile app powered by AI is Bosco. This app models the behavioral profile of the child and it assists parents in identifying and preventing digital threats to their children. It is a challenge to keep up with everything a child does. And this challenge, unfortunately, gets magnified when it comes to online use such as social media or surfing the web in general. For parents can be overwhelming to monitor this deluge of information. This is exactly why the creators of Bosco came up with a tool to help parents with this monitoring. The AI constructs an expected online behavior profile based on the history of usage and personal circumstances of the children, factoring in details as gender, age, and culture. Identifying potential red flag situations and hopefully prevent a threat from occurring to the child is the main goal. Many parents have leveraged Bosco as another set of “eyes and ears” for protective monitoring of their children’s digital use.