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Apple Approved For Sexting App

Apple Wants to Keep Sexting Off Your Kids' iPhones

Want to keep your kids from sending naughty text messages to each other? Fear not, Apple has your back. Apple was just approved for a 2008 antisexting application of sorts that would allow parents to block and filter certain words and phrases from the text messaging feature on their kids' iPhones. This application could be enabled or disabled, much like the parental controls you find on your TV that block certain programs from being viewed by minors.

What does this new application mean for you? Find out after the jump.

Not much really. Yes, this is yet another example of how Apple wants to keep sexually suggestive topics off of its devices, but it's not certain if the company will actually include this kind of feature in future iPhones. Even if it does, you should be free to turn it on and off as you see fit.

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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I doubt the program is so intelligent that it can actually censor things like that. What if all they're writing is "our teachers suck", would the word suck get censored? I'm pretty sure there's no limit to someone's creativity if they want to imply something without using actual dirty words. And, as others said, blocking this way of communication won't stop bad behaviors. If you can't talk to your kid and trust them, this device won't help much.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I doubt the program is so intelligent that it can actually censor things like that. What if all they're writing is "our teachers suck", would the word suck get censored? I'm pretty sure there's no limit to someone's creativity if they want to imply something without using actual dirty words.And, as others said, blocking this way of communication won't stop bad behaviors. If you can't talk to your kid and trust them, this device won't help much.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
When I was a kid we didn't have phones to text with, we wrote notes. But note-writing is not as easily disseminated and possibly dangerous as all this electronic stuff kids are getting into. Now you can take a nude or inappropriate photo of yourself and instantly send it to someone (who could instantly send it to someone else) - you couldn't do that 15 years ago. I see what you're trying to say, but... when I got a little older we had email, and though I wouldn't have liked it at the time if my parents knew everything I was writing and recieving, that would have kept me from doing some dumb things and I would be thankful NOW at my age of 30 for their supervision and guidance about what's appropriate and what's not.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
When I was a kid we didn't have phones to text with, we wrote notes. But note-writing is not as easily disseminated and possibly dangerous as all this electronic stuff kids are getting into. Now you can take a nude or inappropriate photo of yourself and instantly send it to someone (who could instantly send it to someone else) - you couldn't do that 15 years ago.I see what you're trying to say, but... when I got a little older we had email, and though I wouldn't have liked it at the time if my parents knew everything I was writing and recieving, that would have kept me from doing some dumb things and I would be thankful NOW at my age of 30 for their supervision and guidance about what's appropriate and what's not.
chequettex chequettex 5 years
When I'm a parent I want to be automatically cc'd on all texts, emails, etc., whatever messaging is going on in the future, that my kids send and recieve. Not all the way up until age 18 (I think by then they should have some privacy) but when they're younger. Hopefully there will be programs that can do that for me by then, 12-15 years from now. If there isn't, my kids won't get to have their own phones or computers until I'm satisfied that they're mature enough not to do stupid stuff like that.
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