Children

New children's weight-loss app draws Twitter backlash

 Kurbo Founder and CEO Joanna Strober speaks onstage during The New York Times Health For Tomorrow Conference at Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF on May 29, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
Kurbo founder and CEO Joanna Strober onstage during the New York Times Health For Tomorrow Conference on May 29, 2014 in San Francisco, California. WW bought the app in 2018. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for New York Times

Newly released weight-loss app Kurbo by WW is drawing strong criticism for its focus on youth weight, rather than overall health.

Why it matters: Body activists and members of the medical community responded to the announcement on Twitter, claiming the app could cause children to develop obsessive or unhealthy relationships with food and eating disorders. Now, a petition is calling for the free app to be taken down, describing Kurbo as "dangerous, irresponsible and immoral."

The "sharenting" kidlash

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Generation Alpha — the first cohort to be born entirely within the smartphone era — is increasingly a battleground between family members over privacy for their tots.

Why it matters: Kids of every generation can relate to being publicly embarrassed by their parents. But Generations Z and A are the first whose embarrassment will be recorded for posterity.