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Mobicip Announces YouTube Filtering For iPhone & iPod Touch

SUREN on August 06, 2009

In response to popular demand from parents, we are happy to announce the rollout of YouTube filtering for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is available right now for Mobicip.com Premium users, and will be available at High School level for others in a couple of days.

UPDATE: We found that this feature doesn't really allow filtered access to YouTube. It turns out that the only mechanism to play YouTube videos is through the YouTube application itself. So if the YouTube app is disabled (following the instructions below), and Mobicip provides filtered access to YouTube.com, none of the videos will be playable. We are working on finding a workaround for this, in case Apple doesn't support Flash soon. Please bear with us as we find a solution that works. Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE: The issue mentioned above has now been resolved. Please follow the instructions below to setup filtered access to YouTube through the Mobicip browser.

Simply disable the default YouTube application using the Restrictions feature, setup Mobicip Safe Browser as the default method to access YouTube, and unblock the YouTube category (Premium users only).

Disable YouTube on iPhone or iPod Touch

  • From the home screen, select Settings > General.

Select Settings > General

  • Select Restrictions

Select General > Restrictions

  • Enter a 4-digit passcode. Make sure you remember this passcode, in case you need to change these settings later on.

Enter restrictions passcode

  • You will see the restrictions screen. Set Safari, YouTube, and Installing Apps to OFF on this screen.

Restrictions screen

 

Setup Mobicip Safe Browser

Mobicip™ offers a best-selling alternate browser for Safari that enables parental controls on your child's iPhone or iPod Touch. It is simple to setup and works anytime anywhere! The Mobicip Safe Browser is protected by a mobicip.com account setup by the parent. 

  • From the home screen on the device, touch the App Store icon.

Select App Store icon

  • Touch the search tab, and search for "mobicip"

 

Search for Mobicip

  • Select the Mobicip Safe Browser from the search results.

Select Mobicip from search results

  • Touch the price button, it will turn into BUY NOW. Touch this button and enter your iTunes username and password.

NOTE: Please make sure you purchase the app from the iTunes account that will be synced with the device. Your child may have a separate iTunes account to which the device is synced. Please purchase through that account instead of yours. If you have already purchased the app from your account, call iTunes Customer Support and they can cancel and refund the purchase.

Touch the price button. It will turn into BUY NOW. Touch it again.

  • One purchased, the app will be installed on your screen.

 

Mobicip being installed.

  • When installation is done, touch the Mobicip icon to launch the app.

Launch Mobicip app

  • If you don't have a Mobicip.com account already, touch the Create New Account button.

 

Create New Account

  • Once the account is created, login into the app. You should see the browser open up like this.

Mobicip app setup complete

Allow YouTube Category using Mobicip.com Premium

If you haven't already, visit www.mobicip.com from your PC to upgrade to the Mobicip.com Premium web application. Mobicip.com Premium is a web-based parental control application that can be accessed from any browser. The Premium application allows you to setup custom Internet filtering settings and policy, and monitor Internet usage on the iPhone and iPod Touch that uses Mobicip as the primary browser.

To allow the YouTube category, select Settings > Categories > YouTube. Uncheck the YouTube categories that you wish to allow and save the settings.

Your child can now access YouTube only through Mobicip Safe Browser, and YouTube in general will be accessible, but inappropriate content alone will be blocked. We would love to hear your feedback on this feature. Please post your thoughts and comments on the forum or contact us.

 

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