Twitter is an application that for many is essential in your cell phone and which, strange as it may seem, has parental control. What does that mean?
Age is very important in everything related to a smartphone. Although younger children use their parents, it is essential that there be age filters to rule out sensitive content of minors . If you look at the Google Play Store, you'll see the callsign in each of the apps. Or not, because many are not classified under a generic name of " Parental Control ".
Social networks and messaging applications should be controlled because they are more attracted to a smartphone. We all have in mind, but certainly not all of us assume their classification. For example, at what age is it addressed Tinder ? 18 years, somewhat logical due to the type of meetings that are promulgated in the application. E Twitter ? You have parental control, but age is not specified. E WhatsApp ? Valid from 3 years.
I do not see a 3 year old boy with a WhatsApp-equipped phone, not even over 14 years old. Twitter, while looking more innocent, grabs the parental control tag; like Facebook, on the other hand. Why these differences between communication applications?
What does "parental control" mean and how does it apply?
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As in video games, app stores have an age rating system that developers must adopt when it comes to publishing an app. This rating is linked to the Google Play Store country and allows parents to set age filters so their children do not access apps and services that are not recommended for them. Violence, offensive language, sex … The content type and how it relates the application to users depends on the classification
In-app purchases have never been without controversy because of the danger they pose to children. What measures are being taken, who is to blame?
When the Google Play Store does not have an age rating, the store puts the name " parental control ". This is inaccessible to users who have the filter enabled in the store application. Twitter or Facebook, for example, can not be installed on a parental control phone unless the smartphone administrator has manually installed it.
Parental Control filters applications that are not sorted by age
In this way, children are protected against content they should not see. Twitter or Facebook match this premise? The logical thing is to think so, which would be a mistake.
Twitter, a network inscribed in restricted material
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Twitter gives you unlimited access to a huge amount of strictly adult content. Social networking offers a setting by which you can block detected content that is "complicated", but it is something that is useless. The amount of pornography, violence, insults or denigrations poured out in the form of tweets is enormous, so the application of "parental control" is more than correct. Something similar happens on Facebook, although this is much more pronounced with the presence of adult content. Still, there is always the risk of children being contacted by people outside the closed circle. The same as in WhatsApp, right?
Twitter allows you to hide sensitive content, but it is not difficult to disable it
It is inexplicable that an application of messages like WhatsApp (or Telegram, Messenger …), that allows the direct contact with just knowing the number, is enabled to install in cell phones with parental control enabled. This example serves to demonstrate that the PEGI system, used in Europe, is not the most appropriate to classify according to mobile applications .
What happens to Twitter or Facebook in other app stores?
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Twitter has always been a controversial application for its wide range of sensitive content. In the social network, anything can be published, including pornography. To do this, simply search by turning off the "Show photos and videos that may include delicate content. Profiles, photos, videos … Twitter deserves" more than 17 "that you own in the App Store.
This is the limitation of the countries in the most well-known social applications:
- Twitter : unspecified on Android and Windows for mobile, more than 17 on iOS
- Facebook : unspecified on Android and Windows for mobile, more than 4 on iOS
- Tinder : over 18 on Android and over 17 on iOS. It does not exist in Windows.
- WhatsApp : more than 3 on Android and Windows, more than 4 on iOS
All other similar applications are guided by these examples. Purely social networks have parental control on Android and Windows, although no specific specification of the minimum age; iOS sets a minimum . Messaging applications, on the other hand, are suitable for use for 3-4 years. An absurdity which, in my opinion, is dangerous.
Is our children's age rating really secure?
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The truth is that it is not very safe, we have already seen with some examples, as this does not just fit the function offered by applications. Although, as always, you should not let your child install applications, but take the time to manually review them. With a clear limit: young children should not have a smart phone . And only when they are teenagers, should they access a data rate.
Children are getting mobile sooner, and they need to know how they work, in addition to being protected. Do you want your children to have maximum security?
In addition to parental control, which is a useful way to restrict more or less controversial apps (with their flaws), ideally you should install a child primer for your phone or tablet so you can see restricted its scope of action. It is also very useful to create a user on the device that does not have administration permissions . Then, it will be us who will oversee everything that is installed.