Parental Controls - Prevent Sexually Explicit Sites?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dclements21, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. dclements21 macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone! Is there anyway to block sexually explicit content on the iPhone other than turning off YouTube, for example? From what I'm seeing, it's all or nothing.

    HELP!
     
  2. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    There really isnt anything sexual on youtube. If there is and it goes overboard, report it.
     
  3. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    If you're uncomfortable with your child viewing pornography, don't give them an iPhone. And don't ever allow them on the internet without them being in the room with you.

    Of course, a persistent kid will still find it. But most "parental controls" are easily circumvented.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    not without the Admin password with Leopard's Parental Controls.

    turn on "Try to limit access to adult websites automatically".
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    all of the restricted material on YouTube you need an account to view so if you can stop the creation of a YouTube account they cannot be viewed.
     
  5. dclements21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    YouTube & Explicit Material

    What happened was last week there was a HORRIBLE image of a women having oral sex as one of the top videos. It was plain to see what she was doing and I want to do the best I can to block that trash.

    I understand what you are saying about circumventing parental controls, but as a parent, I have to do everything I can to prevent it in the first place. I have to make it TOUGH on them.

    Someone mentioned Leopard - what about if you are using Windows XP?
     
  6. LadySapphire macrumors newbie

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    As a parent, I say you need to have a little faith in your offspring. There is porn in this world, You can not keep them from seeing it. They will get around any blocks you put up, or will go to a friends house. The point is they will see it.

    My son has looked at porn. I know it, and he knows I know it. He did not get in trouble over it. I asked him why and he was honest and said he was curious. Since I didn't make a big deal of it, I can report that he doesn't look at it anymore.


    The world has crappy, messed up things in it. You can shelter them, until you can't anymore, then they have to learn on their own how to deal with it. Or you can help them learn to deal with it.

    Good luck with your parental controls.
     
  7. dclements21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You are exactly right and I appreciate the couple of threads regarding parenting advice.

    I was hoping that someone had created an App that I could put on my iPhone that would **help** prevent the display of pornographic material.

    If anyone knows of a technological solution, please let me know.

    Thanks! ;)
     
  8. mrtrilby macrumors member

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    I have faith in my four year old, but all the same, I'd rather she didn't come across pornography if she wasn't looking for it in the first place. I agree with the original poster that it would be very useful to be able to place some sort of restriction on what YouTube content is allowed.

    It's easy to be glib and say "don't give a phone to a kid", but the iPhone is a superb child entertainment device when you're out and about and need to keep them quiet for a while.

    With no ability to restrict the content viewable via YouTube, my workaround is the less than ideal option of filling a good proportion of my 16GB with episodes of Shaun the Sheep and various Disney films.
     
  9. dclements21 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank You!!

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You obviously have children the same age as mine and see where I'm coming from. :D
     
  10. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Well ... you can turn off access to YouTube and Safari in the parental controls of the iPhone, which should have been the first thing you did as a parent.

    I'm going to have to chime in and (NOT to be glib) and say that *I personally* don't think a child needs an iPhone. Give him/her a book or a ball if they're bored. Hell, if that HAVE to have some sort of electronics - get them a DS. Is a high-end, not drop friendly iPhone really what you want to have him/her playing around with?

    (Disclaimer: I grew up in the era of 'one hour of TV a night', and when playing outside (scraped knees and all) was the order of the day)
     
  11. neesh0 macrumors 6502a

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    You can do as much as you like to your phone, but they will still get it from somewhere, you have to talk to them rather than restrict them.
     
  12. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a

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    If you go to Settings > Parental Controls you can turn off access to things like Safari and Youtube altogether on the iPhone. Youtube is not supposed to allow any explicit content but I guess sometimes it sneaks by them.

    Hope that helps.
     
  13. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Uhh, 4, but, I'm speechless! I honestly have nothing to say.

    *Fast foward to 2010*
    Person 1;"Aww look at the newborn baby!"
    Person 2;"And look at his iPhone in his little hand!"
    Person 1;"And he's got five 3g bars"
    Person 2;"And no light leak"

    :mad:
     
  14. Phil A. Moderator

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    To be honest, I don't think Youtube is a particularly good place for the very young to hang around - any censoring / removal of videos is done retrospectively following complaints, and most of the comments contain language you wouldn't want your children repeating...
     
  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    My daughter is 1.5 years old and "Bubbles" is her favorite iPhone game. She points to my pocket and says "ffohhhhhhn!" and then "BubbbbLLLLsss!"

    If I set the iPhone to play Herb Albert music, she'll sit and play with Bubbles for a good 10 minutes, which is an eternity is 1-year-old time.
     
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    bingo
     
  17. mrtrilby macrumors member

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    4 has you speechless? I've attached a photo of our 4 year old and 2 year old, with an iPhone each. I'd guess that the 4 year old is watching The Little Mermaid, the 2 year old is watching episodes of Pingu, and I'm enjoying some peace and quiet.

    It's a testament to how well thought out the iPhone is that a 2 year old can figure out how to choose which episode she wants to watch next.
     

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  18. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    I like using OpenDNS for this. Create an account, set your DNS to the OpenDNS IP's, once OpenDNS picks up your network address go in and turn on site filtering and toggle on/off what you want to filter.
     
  19. benflick macrumors 68020

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    That disgusts me:mad:
     
  20. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    What, you don't own a TV? Good for you. You're in the minority, though, so get used to it.
     
  21. benflick macrumors 68020

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    What the hell are you talking about? This is about an iPhone, not a T.V.
    I'm not telling anybody how to live their lives, but 2 or 4 years old is too young for a child to have a phone. Too look at media on it every once in a while, sure. But these kids seem like their going to have every thing handed to them in life, or at least that's the impression they will have, If that is okay with you, fine:rolleyes:
     
  22. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    It's a photo of two girls watching cartoons and you said it "disgusts" you.

    How else am I supposed to take that except that you hate TV in general?



    That's what the photo IS. So here you say it's ok, but a second ago it disgusted you. Maybe you should decide what you're trying to say before you type it.
     
  23. benflick macrumors 68020

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    All i'm saying is; It seems fine to let children watch things on your iPhone seldemly. But when your child is pointing to your pocket wanting your iPhone (as cute as it may be). It seems too much.

    And as far as i'm concerned this thread is for users to reply to the ThreadStarter, you however, decided to butt-in to MY post.
     
  24. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    The fact is, if I'm waiting somewhere (like for a table for dinner) and my daughter starts getting bored, she starts making noise. Then people like you give me dirty looks and say things about what a bad parent I am.

    Ok, fine. I look for ways to keep her busy in places where she can't run around. The iPhone is great at this. It solves that problem.

    But no. That's not good enough. Then people like you STILL shake your heads, whisper, and call my parenting style "disgusting."

    That's the point where I give up and just don't care anymore. I was trying to keep her amused for the public's sake (your sake) in the first place. If you're not happy with how I'm doing that, keep it to yourself.

    The fact that you called this other parent's photo disgusting was pretty offensive to me. Mostly because I know that you'd be the first one to complain when any of our kids start running around and screaming in public. Maybe we'll just stop trying to keep them quiet since we're just going to get comments like that no matter what we do.
     
  25. benflick macrumors 68020

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    I guess I am taking this the wrong way, I completley understand you not wanting your child to cause a disturbance to other people. I did not mean to offend anyone.
     

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