Wednesday, May 01, 2013
The Internet is age-restricted
I was playing with my iPad, installing various apps from Google. Among which was Chrome, the Google browser for the Internet. So imagine my surprise when the Apple App Store warned me that this content was age restricted for 17+ audiences. I wouldn't have considered a browser to be a particularly offensive app!
On second thought of course there is a justification for that move (I mean beyond Apple trying to put obstacles into the path of a competitor): If you have an Internet browser, you can access all sorts of offensive material. Old meme, "the Internet is for porn". And however "clean" Apple is trying to keep the contents of the App Store, once the customer accesses the Internet with his iPad, all bets are off.
So in the case that parents gave junior an iPad with parental controls set to prevent him from watching stuff he shouldn't see, it would make sense for that restriction to block installing a browser app. Just hope that the parents were clever enough to also block access to the pre-installed Safari browser. And that junior isn't much better at turning off restrictions than the parents are at turning them on.