14 Replies Latest reply: Nov 15, 2012 5:26 AM by Kilgore-Trout
Skave94 Level 1 Level 1

This year my school district was given a grant for iPad's for students in grades 5-12.  This was a terrible idea.  I've already caught my daughter using iMessage to send messages throughout the entire school day, over 200 messages to a dozen different people.

 

Once I caught her and told her no more messaging in class, she said everyone messages in class.  The only way I had of stopping her was telling her I was watching every message she was sending, (which was how I caught her in the first place) and if I caught her again she wouldn't be allowed to use the iPad anymore.  Other parents who can't monitor their children's use of iMessage are pretty much in the dark, I've been trying to spread to the word to other district parents.

 

Is there a way to block or uninstall iMessage?  I have iOS 6, I was assuming they'd add Parental Controls for that, but sadly they did not.


iPad 2, iPad3, iOS 6
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    Skave94 wrote:

     

    I have iOS 6,

     

    iOS 6 has not been released yet...

  • Skave94 Level 1 Level 1

    Chris CA wrote:

     

    Skave94 wrote:

     

    I have iOS 6,

     

    iOS 6 has not been released yet...

     

    You can do a google search for "iOS 6 download".  It installs fine, not really worth the upgrade imho.  I just did it check to see if it had more parental options.

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    iOS 6 is not available for non developer use until tomorrow. If you downloaded it is a pirated copy and likely based on a beta version and may not have full functionality.

  • Skave94 Level 1 Level 1

    Well first off, I was hoping there was actually someone from Apple that read this forum and could help me.

     

     

    Secondly I downloaded the iOS 6 GM, which is NOT a beta and will be identical to the version you get tomorrow.  Based on your incorrect assumptions, I'm really not sure why you even commented on this since you don't really know enough to add anything to the conversation.

  • Macology Level 2 Level 2
    expertise.desktops
    Desktops

    Apple preinstalled Apps such as Safari, Facetime, Game Center and Messages can not be uninstalled. There are parental controls under Settings> General > Restrictions, but none of the options allow you to regulate the use of Messages. Your only recourseis to go to Settings > Messages and slide the "iMessages" swirtch to off. Your daughter is unable to undo this fhange of she explores the settings. Sadly, it is your only choice. Best of luck.

  • joe le trump Level 1 Level 1

    There maybe a chance of blocking iMessage with a firewall if it uses a special port .... this could prevent messages from beeing delivered. If so, your students cannot use it anymore ...

     

    Just an idea ...

     

    and just one "google" away: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4245?viewlocale=en_US

     

    another one from https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3378032?start=0&tstart=0:

    Currently Being Moderated
     

    Re: iMessage behind a firewall

    18.10.2011 19:22 (in response to jabbathehut)

     

    I just got through sniffing an iMessage conversation and it uses TCP port 5223.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
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    iTunes

    Skave94 wrote:

     

    Well first off, I was hoping there was actually someone from Apple that read this forum and could help me.

    You hoped incorrectly.

    These are user-to-user forums.

     

     

    Secondly I downloaded the iOS 6 GM, which is NOT a beta

    But it is still non-public and still covered under the developer NDA.

  • western electric Level 1 Level 1

    Much like the campaign against texting while driving, "It Can Wait."

     

    Unless the students are given clear expecations by their teachers and parents, and rules are enforced, they will most likely continue to send iMessages all day and not pay attention to the classes.

     

    This is a constant battle in college classrooms, as well.  It's best for the kids to learn about it early, since ultimately, they are the only ones who can control their own behavior, and thus their success or failure in school. 

  • Skave94 Level 1 Level 1

    I was in contact with the high school's IT department, apparently they can use a Profile to disallow iMessage account creation on the iPad.

     

    The iPad came home today and now if you click on iMessage it says that it has been disallowed.

  • markell78 Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.icloud
    iCloud

    does anybody know how to do this?

     

    my daughter has unknowingly been imesagging an adult who posed as someone her age - we have taken the ipad away and the iphone 5 (all on OS 6.0.1).

     

    the police are now involved to find who this person is - 4 of her school friends have also been talking to same person.

     

    like i said above, we have taken away the toys if they cant be used responsibly but would there be a way of restricting imessages? if its a normal text message i can investigate through my phone bills but imessages are harder to monitor.

     

    ps - i post this issue a few days ago and have been criticized for my parenting skills....if this is the nature of your comment, please refrain. 

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    Messages does not have a blocking mechanism and isn't included in the apps that can be selected in Restrictions (FaceTime is, however). You can change the address associated with your child's Messaging to a different email. That may help. However, in order to contact someone through Messaging in a none SMS context, the sende would have to know the address. The key to this particular situation is how that adult gained access to these.

     

    You might want to communicate this to Apple, if you haven't already: http://www.apple.com/feedback/

  • Skave94 Level 1 Level 1

    I'm not sure how the school district did it.  But on my daughter's iPad, when you try to sign into iMessage it shows a message that says something like, "This account is restricted from signing into iMessage."  I'm not sure how they did it.  Via a profile?

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    It's possible. It's also possible that education can use versions of iOS like they do in 'Enterprise' aka business....where your corporate IT department can set up and lock down some features.

     

    You can try asking them how they did it, but good that they did.

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 Level 7
    expertise.ipad
    iPad

    Probably done through Configurator. You might check the iPad in the enterprise forum for more on that.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/ipad/ipad_in_the_enterprise

     

    or here: http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/enterprise/