4640 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 7, 2009 4:15 PM by bigsurs
I just updated to 3.0 specifically for the parental controls. The summary in itunes and on the Apple website says that I can decide which apps my kids can access. As far as I can determine, this is completely false. I can decide what age rating for apps the kids can access, I have yet to find any way to set that rating myself. So they have access to apps that I don't want them to touch and they has no access to apps I want them using.
I wanted to be able to set each app individually, and what I really wanted was to password protect certain apps so that I would have access and the kids wouldn't. I expected parental controls to protect my kids when they use my ipod, not to set up an ipod for the kids to own. There are ratings for 4+ - who buys their 4 year old and iphone?
There should have been a lot more detail given on the update page. I just threw away $10 for an upgrade that did nothing for me
Here is what page 115 of the 3.0 Users Guide says:
Set content restrictions: Tap Ratings For, then select a country from the list. You can then set restrictions using that country’s ratings system for the following categories of content:
Music & Podcasts
In the United States for example, to allow only movies rated PG or below, tap Movies, then select PG from the list.
Note: Not all countries have rating systems.
You can find simple step-by-step instructions to setup OS 3.0 parental controls in these articles.
In addition to what Apple offers to protect static content, third party application developers have developed kid-safe browsers that can be used in lieu of Safari Mobile to protect against unsafe Internet content.