January 29, 2012

Prevent your children from accessing inappropriate Apps in the Android Market


Android market allow content

Unlike iOS, Android platform doesn’t come with parental controls which means unsuitable/inappropriate content will be visible to your children every time they access android market. But you can use first line of defense i.e content filtering for the Android Market apps to prevent kids from seeing and downloading inappropriate apps by choosing one of the filtering option which includes everyone, low, medium and high maturity.

Read more on how do you prevent your children from accessing inappropriate apps in the Android Market? and also on filtering option after the break.

Before setting content filtering, you should know what do these rating mean?:-

Everyone

Applications in this category should not collect user’s location data or contain objectionable material. Applications should not share user content or include social features.

Low maturity

Applications in this category may include instances of mild cartoon or fantasy violence or other potentially offensive content. Applications may collect user location data for the purpose of providing location specific information or otherwise improving the user experience, but should not share the data with other users. Applications may include some social features but should not focus on allowing users to find and communicate with each other.

Medium maturity

Applications in this category may include sexual references; intense fantasy or realistic violence; profanity or crude humor; references to drug, alcohol and tobacco use; social features and simulated gambling. Applications may collect user location data for the purpose of sharing or publishing with the user’s consent.

High maturity

Applications in this category may focus on or include frequent instances of sexual and suggestive content; graphic violence; social features; simulated gambling; and strong alcohol, tobacco and drug references. Applications may collect user location data for the purpose of sharing or publishing with the user’s consent.

How to set content filtering in different phones and tablets?

On phones running Android Market versions lower than 3.1.5:

  1. Open Android Market.
  2. Press Menu and touch Settings.
  3. Touch ‘Select filtering level’ and choose your desired setting.
  4. To lock the settings, touch the lock icon and enter a PIN code.
android market content filtering-PIN

On Honeycomb (3.0) tablets running Android Market versions lower than 3.1.5:

  1. Open Android Market.
  2. Press Menu on the upper right corner.
  3. Touch ‘App Content Filter’ and choose your desired setting.
  4. To lock the settings, touch the lock icon and enter a PIN code.

On phones and tablets running Android Market version 3.1.5 and above:

  1. Open Android Market.
  2. Press Menu and touch Settings.
  3. Touch ‘Content filtering’ and choose your desired setting.
  4. To lock the settings, touch 'Set or Change PIN'
  5. Enter a PIN code, and touch OK
  6. Re-enter your PIN to confirm

You can also use any third party apps available in android market for free to get more control.

 

 

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