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Oops - Kids Can Look At Porn On Their IPhone

28/01/2010 12:23 | Updated 22 May 2015

A teacher has complained after he discovered a glitch which allows kids to look at pornographic materials in Apple's App Store.

Apparently parents have controls over what apps their kids can buy online, but this doesn't stop them from looking for, and viewing, porn.

Teacher Fraser Speirs, who works at the Cedars School for Excellence in Greenock, Scotland, discovered the problem after his school bought each of its 100 students an iPod Touch.

Children looking at the "Lifestyle" applications category on the iTunes Store can check out gems including "A Hidden Cam Thong" or "Epic Boobs".

I bet that goes down really well in the classroom.

Speirs says there's no way to block this so the school had to cut off access to the entire App Store.

He told technology website Ars Technica this was a shame. "I would have liked to allow the students to browse the App Store and personalize their devices a bit," he said.

"Or, at the very least, see new apps and suggest them for deployment."

Apple does allow applications to be rated by age-level, but still allows apps rated 17 and up to be sold.

Children below that age range cannot download the content, but they can still look at it.

The teacher has now filed a bug report with Apple concerning iTunes Store for Mac and the App Store on iPhones and iPod Touch devices.

It's a bit scary what kids are able to access - especially as most of them are probably much more tech-savvy than their parents.

Just last week there was a survey showing that most children under the age of 10 own mobile phones - and more than half of their parents don't monitor usage in any way.

Do you control what your child is doing with their mobile phone?

Source: ParentdishUS

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