In January, Apple said it would introduce new features to help parents control their children's use of the company's products. The move came after two Apple shareholders published an open letter in which they press Apple to address what is considered a "growing public health crisis" of smartphone addiction among young people. Now, Apple has a new page on its site that collects information about the family characteristics and parental controls of the company in one place.
The page shows features that include: a purchase order tool that allows parents to approve or reject purchases of applications from their device; an application management feature that allows users to automatically block in-app purchases; and the option to limit adult content on children's devices and restrict navigation to previously approved websites only. Find My Friends from Apple can also help track locations and issue alerts when children leave or arrive somewhere.
"We are continually designing new features to help ensure that children use them the way they want."
"We are continually designing new features to help ensure children use them the way they want," Apple says. The page also highlights health, privacy and family sharing options. While none of these features is new, the page meets all of Apple's privacy and security features in one place.
Despite its promises, Apple has yet to detail the new features for which it is working in the future. On Android, Google offers ingenious features such as the Family Link application, which allows parents to make old Android devices suitable for children. Digital security is still as important as ever: in January, Google eliminated 60 Play Store games after a malicious error showed pornographic ads in game applications, many of which are aimed at children.