For over a year and a half parents have been concerned about getting their children an iPhone because there was no parental restrictions on the internet or any other app. Apple only had one answer: turn on restrictions in the settings, and completely turn off Safari.
Because this is not a practical answer for most parents, we were relieved to hear that Apple started allowing new types of web browsers to be downloaded via the App Store. Because of this, we’ve been graced with a new browser called MobiCIP that enables 3 different levels of parental controls.
MobiCIP fortunately delivers a nearly identical browsing experience to that of the Safari, but with restrictions in place. Here’s what the browser looks like on an approved page.
And here’s a site that has been restricted.
It’s easy to change the restriction settings from MobiCIP’s main website. Just enter in the parental user name and password, and enjoy.
Here are a couple other screenshots of the browser in action. This is the very first page that pops up — a home page that offers several different kid-friendly websites.
The bookmarks look similar to the Safari screen but not identical.
All in all, the browser worked quite well, and is something I would recommend to any concerned parent. There were no differences in performance whatsoever since it is still working off of the same network. But make sure that once MobiCIP has been installed on your child’s iPhone, the Safari browser has been taken off via the restriction settings. Otherwise there really is no point to downloading it.
We offer the challenge to you, parents: try it out. Does it work as well for you as it did for us? Sound off and let us know what you think.
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