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angmenoni Level 1 (0 points)
I admit it, I have TMZ installed, but I don't want my 8 year old to open it and see the content. Is there anyway to lock certain apps and not others to keep kids/adults out?

PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)
    Not for third party apps. You can restrict some Apple apps under Settings > General > Restrictions. You can also enable the Passcode to secure the entire phone.
  • angmenoni Level 1 (0 points)
    okay..that's what I thought. Thanks! I refuse to jailbreak my phone, but hopefully apple is looking at some of the settings a broken phone can do.
  • Tamara Level 6 (13,730 points)
    If you don't want the child to see questionable content, you should either delete the app from the phone or not let the child play with the phone. I suppose the third option could be to teach the child that if he/she opens an inappropriate app then there is a consequence of no more playing with the phone.
  • angmenoni Level 1 (0 points)
    I appreciate the parenting advice. I was trying to be clever in my question. And I have made it clear which apps my children are allowed to play with. I also have some business apps that I would want to lock them out of as well. I just want a little extra security.
  • modular747 Level 6 (18,730 points)
    Actually, you can restrict 3rd party apps via their age rating (or all), but not specific 3rd party apps by name. I assume TMZ has a rating.

    Settings > General > Restrictions (ON) > Apps > Don't Allow Apps, 4+, 9+, 12+, 17+, or Allow All Apps

    You also can restrict music, TV and movies by rating

    There are different rating systems by country. (Settings > General > Restrictions > Ratings For >

    I still have to question letting an 8 year old play with an iPhone al all.
  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)
    Good point Modular. This works well for phones that kids use exclusively but it's not very practical when loaning your phone to someone... you'd have to turn on Restrictions every time you gave your iPhone to someone and then turn them off when you got it back.
  • modular747 Level 6 (18,730 points)
    Agreed. It becomes even more inconvenient when your 8-year-old drops the phone in a toilet.
  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)
    Not with the bathroom restriction enabled.
  • modular747 Level 6 (18,730 points)
    Great idea! I just submitted a suggestion for a bathroom restriction (with several "urgency levels") on the iPhone Feedback page
  • deggie Level 9 (52,739 points)
    Question all you want, I let a 5 year old and a 6 year old play a variety of games on my iPhone, but I am sitting there with them when they use it. Don't have a worry of "questionable" material on mine so I don't care about the restrictions. Have not had any problems with this and they catch on very quick how to use it. I don't let them carry it into the bathroom.
  • angmenoni Level 1 (0 points)
    said 8 year old only plays with our iphones when we are in a waiting room somewhere or in the car...never near a body of water, small, large, or in between.
  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)
    Ditto. My kids use mine all the time with no issues and no restrictions.
  • paulcb Level 6 (19,110 points)
  • modular747 Level 6 (18,730 points)
    Every child is different, and whether you feel comfortable letting them use a fragile hand held device designed for adults is an individual decision.

    I my experience, I wouldn't allow it without either a very shock resistant case, padded floors, or a child with hands destined to make him an all-star wide receiver.

    Message was edited by: modular747
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