We recently received news in the Mobicip Forum that the App Store ratings are not accurate. For example, Bing is rated as 4+ and anyone can download and search. This needs to be changed ASAP so that kids are not allowed to use this for open searches. One of our customers recently created a Facebook page called "Protect Kids From the App Store" to promote safe browsing and downloading from the App Store.
Please read comments below from the forum thread:
Posted by Guest on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 09:22: "Unfortunately, Bing is back to being rated 4+. And worse, Bing is just the tip of the iceberg. I would estimate that about 50% of the apps available on the App Store have an unfiltered embedded browser. I have contacted Apple about the problem, and they say that they will work on a solution, but they are moving incredibly slowly. I'm hoping that we can get enough people to put pressure on them (and maybe put them in the media spotlight a little), that they will make a concrete change in their policy.
To that end, I've started a Facebook Page called "Protect Kids From the App Store". I've included a list of other apps that allow unfiltered access to the Internet (along with the number of links to get there). If you would like to help, then please spread the word on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Protect-Kids-From-the-App-Store/137201153016417
Thanks for the help."
The Mobicip forum guest is absolutely right. While Apple has corrected the ratings for most other browser apps (like Opera, Privately, etc.) Bing and Google continue to be incorrectly rated at 4+. It will certainly help if parents like you contact Apple and voice your concern. Also, thank you for taking action and creating the "Protect Kids From the App Store" facebook page.