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Concerned_Mother Calculating status...
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Jan 23, 2008 11:08 PM
My 11 year old son just got an ipod touch and I know I can block it from home but I want to turn it off completely. Is there a way to turning off the wifi capability will any router? Does anyone know if there is a third-party solution out there?
Ipod Touch, Windows XP
  • sciamannikoo Calculating status...
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    Jan 24, 2008 12:33 AM (in response to Concerned_Mother)
    I don't think so
    Not so far at least.

    Maybe in the future Apple will think about it (they are too busy thinking about the environment, at this moment)

    The iPod Touch don't provide any kind of "sentinel" or protection against adult-related contents for under 18 people.

    Perhaps after the release of the SDK, someone else will work on that.
    Windows Vista
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jan 24, 2008 1:19 AM (in response to Concerned_Mother)
    Have a look at OpenDNS which allows all kinds of customisable internet blocking shenanigans at the router level.

    http://www.opendns.com/
    Aluminium 20" iMac 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • sciamannikoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 24, 2008 2:17 AM (in response to Julian Wright)
    I think she wants to avoid his son browsing unsafe pages from everywhere, not just from her router.

    If his son connect from a free hotspot, she can't block adult rating pages.
    Windows Vista
  • SergZak Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)
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    Jan 24, 2008 5:44 AM (in response to Concerned_Mother)
    There are currently no Safari settings to do what you want to do. You also cannot delete the Safari icon from the home screen. Please send feedback to Apple:
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipodtouch.html
    Windows XP Pro, 4GB iPod nano 2nd gen, 8GB iPod touch
  • SergZak Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)
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    Jan 24, 2008 6:15 AM (in response to Concerned_Mother)
    @ Concerned_Mother

    To create an additional home screen, you need to have firmware 1.1.3 installed along with the January Applications upgrade. 'Hiding' the Safari link on another screen is not really a solution...it's quite easy to just 'flick' over to the next screen and access it. It may be a temporary solution though in your case...until your 11 year old figures it out (that probably won't be long).
    Windows XP Pro, 4GB iPod nano 2nd gen, 8GB iPod touch
  • SergZak Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)
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    Jan 24, 2008 6:51 AM (in response to Concerned_Mother)
    @ Concerned_Mother

    No, there is no way to tell the touch to avoid a second screen or how many screens there are. All you have to do is "flick" it over to the next screen. There is also an on-screen indicator (small dots above the dock: no dots is one screen, two dots are two screens, etc) of how many screens are available.

    The 1.1.3 firmware update is free. You need to download iTunes 7.6 prior to installing the update.

    The upgrade (January Apps Upgrade) is $20 and requires iTunes 7.6 along with the free firmware 1.1.3 update installed prior to upgrading.
    Windows XP Pro, 4GB iPod nano 2nd gen, 8GB iPod touch
  • Bryan Mick Level 6 Level 6 (13,020 points)
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    Jan 24, 2008 6:49 AM (in response to Concerned_Mother)
    If you're really this worried about it, you might take the touch back & get an iPod without wifi capabilities instead.
    Don't Panic
  • sciamannikoo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 24, 2008 7:06 AM (in response to Concerned_Mother)
    There are some (let's say unconventional) ways to hide safari and youtube icons or remove both applications, but I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about that on this forum

    However, even hiding the icons, if your son is clever enough, he can find how to unhide them.
    Windows Vista
  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jan 24, 2008 2:08 PM (in response to Concerned_Mother)
    Are you concerned about your son having any access to the internet, or just certain sites?

    Is it not possible to set him some internet usage 'rules' and then trust him to abide by them, or he risks having the iPod touch taken away from him?
    Aluminium 20" iMac 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
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