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Technology is [now / known] helping to teach children to be polite. Amazon will [sooner / soon] start selling a children's version of its [virtually / virtual] assistant Alexa. The new digital [assistance / assistant] will be called "FreeTime". The child-friendly device will include [what / that] Amazon calls a "Magic Word" feature. Of course, there are two magic words: "Please," and: "Thank you." The [smarmy / smart] software is programmed to encourage children to say "please" and "thank you" when they ask the [crevice / device] questions. An example of this is if a child asks FreeTime: "What is the capital [city / town] of Australia?" Alexa will answer and end its [respire / response] with: "Thank you for asking so nicely." Amazon hopes this will encourage children to [copy / cope] the device and be more polite.

Amazon says the new Magic Word feature is to [question / answer] the many customers who said technology was teaching children to be [crude / rude] . Many smart devices simply give [in / out] sentences without using any polite [words / wordy] . Parents said children copy this way of [speak / speaking] and forget to say "please" or "thank you". Children also got used to asking smart devices questions without [been / being] polite. Not everyone is happy with this new [technology / technological] . Josh Golin, executive director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said: "AI devices...interfere with the face-to-face interactions and [child-ridden / child-driven] play that children need to grow." He [believes / beliefs] parents should spend more time with children and teach [these / them] politeness.

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