12202 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2008 7:52 AM by Vixen~of~Venus
Thanks, I will go leave feedback for Apple right now. I hope a lot of parents will raise this concern with them. I just told my son I will check his history once a week, and if he clears it, I will take the itouch away. I will clear it myself once a week, and he had better be responsible with what he views. It's the only solution I can think of, but this is a HUGE oversight on Apple's part!
Not sure how technical you are, but you could set the restrictions through your router.
Go through your routers online web page, and only allow signals that have a specific MAC address.
meaning, set your laptops MAC addresses into the allowed list, and then voila' he can't access the internet... at all. (which means that he can't buy music wirelessly from the iTunes store also, but that's just a small sacrifice.
And keep in mind that that only stops him from using the internet at home... he can go to starbucks and get on whatever he wants.
I've already requested Parental Controls at least 3 times.
My router lets me specify sites allowed. The only problem is the ITunes store and YouTube buttons won't work. I have called Apple and asked what sites need to be allowed for these buttons to work. This will still allow for "limits" for web browsing AND allow for access to ITunes and YouTube.
I'll pass on if I find out the needed sites.
As a parent of 3 boys I can say that parental controls is no small issue.
A relatively simple thing you can do is set up an account (free) with OpenDNS.
See: http://opendns.com/ Once the account is set up you can specify what content should be block and what should not be blocked.
Then set the DNS servers on your iPod Touch to the OpenDNS servers (126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52). See: http://andrewescobar.com/archive/2007/07/06/change-iphones-wi-fi-dns-settings-to -connect-to-the-internet/
Alternatively, you can set up your home router to use the OpenDNS servers and protect every computer in your home.
Note: neither of this solutions protect your son when he uses an open network OUTSIDE of your home for internet access.
Hope this helps,
I just told my son I will check his history once a week, and if he clears it, I will take the itouch away. I will clear it myself once a week, and he had better be responsible with what he views.
I don't know how old your son is, or how bright he is, but there's actually a really easy way to get around your plan. If he changes the date back a week, then surfs to his content, then clears the history and switches the date back to the current date, you would be none-the-wiser.
It would probably be better to check his history at random times, just in case he figures this work around out.