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Most apps to protect children from internet dangers fail

 

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Many parents have concerns about what their kids are doing on smartphones and how to protect their little ones from the dangers of the internet.

So the German Goods and Products Testing Authority tested child protection applications in an attempt to get rid of these concerns of parents, but ultimately confirmed that even "good" apps do not provide 100% protection from Internet risks.

The German authority has tested 9 applications for smartphones and tablets, including the child protection app for Apple's mobile operating system (iOS) and the Google Family Link app for mobile devices equipped with Android (Android).

Results of these tests were only "satisfactory" in both systems due to their lack of educational support for parents and the incomplete or vaguely worded privacy statements.

However, there is hardly any other alternative to mobile devices equipped with the "iOS" system, since Apple does not allow the installation of external applications, which have access to security functions.

Therefore, child protection applications for the iOS versions cannot block browsing the Internet after the elapse of a predetermined period, and if the user wants to actually disconnect the Internet, he must use the default tools in the iOS system.

According to the results of the German association, two applications received a "good" rating, one of them works on mobile devices equipped with Apple's "iOS" system and Google's Android system.

The free Jusprog app protects children from browsing suspicious websites while providing educational support, while the paid Salfeld child protection app provides more functions such as location tracking and app installation locking, but there is no version of this app for Apple devices, Child protection apps are usually available for a fee.

German experts have criticized the reliance of many child protection applications on controls and prohibitions to a large degree, and the provision of useful educational support to adolescents to a lesser extent.

This problem appears especially with applications that search chat logs for specific keywords, and although this measure protects children and adolescents from the dangers of bullying and harassment on the Internet, it violates the privacy of children and teenagers to a greater degree.

German experts emphasized that good and reliable child protection applications can only control internet usage behaviors and block content, but they do not provide real protection against internet risks, and therefore they are not a substitute for accompanying children and adolescents when browsing the Internet and raising awareness against the dangers of the Internet.

 

Source article :https://www.aljazeera.net/news/scienceandtechnology

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