Tweaked in response to growing need for parental awareness
Possibly in response to a growing number of stories of inept or naive parents who have inadvertently allowed their children to run up huge bills through in-app purchases (IAPs), Apple's App Store now puts the age recommendation of a given app directly below the title and author credit. The move effectively relocates the age recommendation to the first thing a buyer will likely see after the title. The change may also help parents who fail to activate parental controls to ferret out more adult apps that are not appropriate for a given child.
"Objectionable" content could be blocked
Apple has been granted a patent that extends the company's existing Parental Controls for iOS devices into the various text messaging and email apps that ship with those devices, allowing certain content to be filtered based on pre-defined criteria. Interestingly, the patent also covers the possibility of requiring, rather than blocking, certain words.
Set parental control ratings on internet TV
InternetSafety.com has introduced Safe Eyes 6.0, the latest version of its parental control software for limiting access to unsafe or inappropriate web sites. The new release provides tools for filtering Internet TV, allowing parents to set the rating level, such as TV-G or TV-PG, that is appropriate for their child. The software enables each user profile to hold a different viewing rating, while parents can customize blocks for specific content.
Smart Surfing /Mac ships
Trend Micro has launched Smart Surfing for Mac, offering identity and personal data protection when users shop, bank and explore online. The software blocks IM and e-mail links that lead to dangerous websites, guarding against phishing scams aimed at grabbing confidential information. Parental controls are included, which can restrict access by content, limit IM and chat access or block sites parents deem off-limits.
Safe Eyes 3.0
InternetSafety.com on Thursday unveiled Safe Eyes 3.0 for Mac, its parental control software that allows users to limit children's access to inappropriate content on the internet. The new Mac version adds several new features from the Windows equivalent, such as time limits, instant message blocking, or restricting access to entire applications. InternetSafety.com is currently selling Safe Eyes 3.0 for a yearly fee of $50, and can be installed on up to three computers.