Originally Posted by enjourni
Huh? How is this about apple controlling anything? Where in this patent does it say anything about any of this information being sent to apple servers?
This is about handing more control over to parents. You don't have to turn any of these features on. Technology is only a tool, it's how you USE it that makes things good or bad. If you are a bad parent, you will still be a bad parent, regardless of what fancy texting blocklist you have set up. Apple can't make you a good parent, but apple CAN give good parent's real tools for helping them stay on top of their kid's lives. That I don't have a problem with, and I don't see why you do either.
Incredibly huge points that you miss or ignore:
1. Apple develops (and patents!) the control mechanism. They own it, and can use it however they wish. Please point me to the blood promise from Steve Jobs that this will never, ever, morph into something else, or be used in a different way? Take away the Parent Controls meme, and what are you left with? Refer to how often Apple treats it's entire user base like children.
2. Calling it Parental Controls, with the Apple seal of approval, does not make it an appropriate parenting tool, at all. Blocking children from the world is the least successful way (in my opinion, down right criminal) of teaching them to think and act for themselves. My children are not my prisoners, and they will not be subjected to my will 24/7. They need to learn, make mistakes, and learn some more.
If youre not a parent then I understand you having no idea what you're talking about, but you can definitely comprehend this: the only thing children learn when treated as guilty-til-proven-innocent, is that their parents are nuts, and that other parents who dont act that way, are normal.
Be normal, teach your children, and trust them to make the right choices. If they don't they will learn a tough lesson, and be better for it.
You might then say, "how does that help them when schools treat sexting as worse than drug related crimes?"
Schools' handling of this matter today is absurdly inappropriate. Something needs to be done about this as well. Problems are everywhere, parents need to be informed.