Apple’s New Child Safety Feature Technology Receives Negative Feedback from Various Sources 

The ongoing pandemic has changed the way how kids used to study. Today, kids are studying on mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and computers. Online classes, online conferences, and meetings have made smartphones a necessity. Being a tech giant, Apple is working on new safety features to keep the kids safe. However, as per various resources, the new Apple Safety Features are more harmful to kids.

About Apple’s New Safety Features for Kids

The tech giant has recently launched three new safety features to keep children safe. The new features are designed only for the kids. Apple has its messaging app called iMessage. One of the safety features that Apple recently released for Child-safety is Communication Safety in Messages.

About Apple’s New Safety Features for Kids
About Apple’s New Safety Features for Kids

The new Communication Safety in Messages feature will scan the entire iMessage history from the kids under 13. The built-in scanner will scan for explicit content, adult images and make them blurred automatically for kids under 13. Besides this, the same feature will send an alert message to parents when their kids open or send such explicit content from their devices.

It does look like a good feature to keep the children safe from being exploited on the digital platform. However, researchers have found that this new feature could be more harmful to kids. The researchers have collected data from the kids and claimed that this feature will not be helpful as many kids are going through parental abuse.

The Drawbacks Reported by Resources

LGBTQ+ youth are more prone to such abuses. Parents left them and most of these kids are homeless or are residing in foster care. According to a study, over 30% of such kids can’t have proper education on sex and other related subjects. This is the reason why this community sends and receives such explicit images and content to spread awareness.

The Drawbacks Reported by Resources
The Drawbacks Reported by Resources

When Apple’s new feature reports to their parents about their sexual behavior or preferences, they might get abused or violence might get a place inside the home. Many kids might go homeless if their parents come to know about their sexual preferences due to this new feature.

Apple may have forgotten to consider the drawbacks of this feature which designing it. Of course, this new feature looks good to share adult content and explicit messages from its platform, particularly for kids. However, it does have several drawbacks which may not be a good call for some kids and their parents.

Official Words from Apple on Their New Features

According to Apple, the new feature is designed with the latest technology i.e. Machine Learning. This technology will identify if the image is sexually explicit or not. The feature will first analyze the image and then will report it further to the parents if kids below 13 are using the device.

Official Words from Apple on Their New Features
Official Words from Apple on Their New Features

An Apple account opened by kids below 13 will be scanned by the new feature. The feature will ask the parent to link their Apple Id to receive a notification. The parent’s linked account will receive instant notification as an alert to stop their kids from using such images.

Since the new kids’ safety feature of Apple is under work, there are no data revealed by Apple on how well the algorithm will work. The precise data of this feature is yet to be published by the tech giant. If a mother and daughter share a picture of them wearing a swimsuit, Apple might consider such images as sexually explicit content.

The Future of Apple’s New Safety Features for Kids

Apple needs to rework a lot on these new kid’s safety features as they are not precise and have many drawbacks as reported by experts and various resources. We are designing technology to keep the kids safe; however, we also need to look after if there are any drawbacks to them.

The technology or we can say the new feature is being tested by the giant from the Apple Ids below 13 years of age. The young generation and adults are not part of this new feature and its testing phase. Apple might consider them to test out this feature so that they can also share their feedback which might help Apple rework it.

As a responsible company, Apple needs to check if there are any drawbacks to its features! Since various resources have already reported Apple regarding these new kids’ safety features, Apple might recall these features and will improvise them to eliminate the potential drawbacks.

Every person has a different opinion and for that reason, Apple needs to hear from Apple users from different age groups. Since these new kids’ safety features are not limited to kids under 13, Apple will come up with something new in the feature to keep the kids safe while using their devices. We will keep an eye on the latest updates from Apple and will share them with you.

References:-

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/apples-new-child-safety-technology-might-harm-more-kids-than-it-helps/

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