iPhone 3.0 COMMENT: Age Controls Don’t Cover Internet Surfing
Apple has announced new iPhone/iPodTouch parental control features available in version 3 of the iPhone and in iTunes 8.2 that allow parents to choose the age of the user and whether or not to allow app downloads and allow parents to shut off Internet browsing capability to protect their kids safe from inappropriate Internet content. While these are steps in the right direction, it’s important for consumers to know that these new features do not allow parents to monitor the Internet browsers—short of blocking it completely.
Suren Ramasubbu, President and CEO of Mobicip, explains:
“Apple’s new parental controls are too extreme for many parents because they only allow parents to completely disable Internet browsing to keep their children safe from inappropriate content and online predators. But parents also have the option of third party content filtering solution that works with the age controls on the iPhone and iPodTouch to allow their children to surf the Internet safely.”
One parental control solution on the market comes from Mobicip a company that is to helping parents protect their children from a new wave of Internet hazards stemming from mobility. Available for $4.99 from the iPhone App Store on iTunes, Mobicip Safe Browser and Mobicip.com service for the iPhone and iPod Touch that defines filtering levels based on U.S. education system recommendations for in-school Internet filtering. Parents enable it by registering for the free account on the Mobicip Web site and setting content restrictions at one of three levels: elementary, middle or high school. More information is available at http://www.mobicip.com.