News: Apple To Censor Sexting & Potty Mouths

News: Apple To Censor Sexting & Potty Mouths

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Sarah Rae Smith
Oct 13, 2010

This week Apple was rewarded a patent to begin censoring text messages of 'objectionable content'. Although it doesn't have much to do with interior design, we're willing to bet it has a great deal to do with the lives of your children, even if they're not yet old enough to hold a phone.

Apple hasn't released details yet, but we're assuming this will be an "app" or pay service so that only those who would like restricted services will receive them. The patent paperwork says that an intelligent control unit or application will be doing the censoring, i.e., a program intended to catch 'bad words' (or those wacky abbreviations kids are using these days) and other objectionable content before it reaches your child.

A generation or two ago Little Johnny would simply call Sally from down the street on the telephone (which is mounted to the wall in the family kitchen) and ask if he would like to go with him on a double date to a PG movie. But times have changed and technology like phones and texting are integral players in kids' social lives.

Would you use an app on your child's phone to filter out content?

(via: geeky-gadgets Image: Flickr members Todd Kravos & tinkerbrad both licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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