Back in February, Apple cleaned house and got rid of most of the so-called sexy apps from the iTunes App Store. The official explanation for the move had something to do with protecting children and appeasing women. They dumped jiggly boobs, scantily scad girls and any other application with images that could be deemed sexual.
As a parent and a woman, I should probably care about what’s available in the App Store, but I don’t. I am just as prudish as the next person, but my iTunes account is password protected and I am not worried that my 9-year-old is going to hack it. But the Parents Television Council (PTC) is concerned about what my kid might download in the App Store and is blasting Apple for not doing enough to protect her.
Citing the continued availability of applications like My Vibe, which turns an ordinary iPhone into a vibrator, the PTC is demanding that Apple do more. And while Apple seems to be bowing to the pressure, removing risque applications upon PTC’s request, they haven’t got them all. The remaining naughty apps, according to the PTC, indicate that Apple is failing to live up to their “corporate social responsibility.”
Legally, Apple has no responsibility to my child other than to not market porn to her. That they have decided to do away with it entirely is clearly a business decision and probably a good one. But while I appreciate the effort, that doesn’t absolve me of the responsibility for keeping an eye on her online interactions.
Sure, I would like to be able to turn her loose to roam the World Wide Web on her own. But just like the real world, there are things out there I’d rather she not see. And it’s my job to make sure she doesn’t. Not Apple’s.
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