We are parents, grandparents, caregivers, educators, activists, and concerned citizens joining Protect Young Eyes, The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, and their many allies, requesting that Apple prioritize the safety and protection of children.
Apple, we are not asking you to do our jobs for us. We're simply asking that you stop making our job more difficult! Protecting children and ensuring their wellbeing should be something we all strive for together.
Apple's parental controls are not intuitive and can take hours to try to figure out. The App Store is often misleading and can put our kids at risk when we're trying to decide which apps are safe.
We are asking you to please make these improvements that would prevent the exploitation of children and help millions of families, caregivers, and educators:
Automatically engage age-based safety defaults during device setup, based on the Apple ID age (including defaults for school-issued iPads).
Provide greater control over iMessages.
Create an accurate, accountable, age-based app rating system with better, individualized descriptions and control over sexualized ads.
Close known backdoors and loopholes. There are so many.
Provide more flexible options for parents to block selected apps during multiple times throughout the day.
Enforce App Store rules regarding violence, pornography, and exploitive content on Twitter and Reddit.
Block sexualized album covers and explicit song clips when Apple Music is set to “clean.”
Provide a toggle that enforces YouTube Restricted Mode across the entire device.
Provide access to existing technology that scans for explicit and violent content across the device (i.e. prevent sexting).
Hold top social media apps to a high standard for privacy, content moderation, and parental controls, given their massive impact on children.
Please support overburdened families and schools by making your products safer from the start for your young users. Apple, #Default2Safety!
Sign our petition urgingApple executives to prioritize kids and default safety settings on their products.